Friday, July 11, 2008

The cost of Carbon and ordinary Australians

... it is high time the debate switches its focus on the negative impact a carbon-constrained economy will have on ordinary Australians ..."

Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson is correct; we should not bow to the ‘religious crusade’ that is fast becoming climate change. Furthermore, if we are going to embrace, an emission-trading scheme (ETS), 2012 remains a far more realistic start date that Labors 2010 proposal moreover, Australia should not begin emissions trading if other nations do not agree to same.

Meanwhile, as Treasurer Swan smugly accuses the Liberals of being unclear on the issue - Malcolm Turnbull has argued for an unconditional 2012 commencement – this is immaterial when contrasted with Labors overstating the dangers of climate change to a naive and hence susceptible population that does not understand the macro and micro economic consequences of what is proposed.

Said John Roskam from the Institute of Public Affairs:

Until they started thinking about what the effect of an ETS on the price of petrol would be, most voters thought they'd somehow be immune from the operations of carbon trading. Now they are asking, ‘‘Why didn't anyone tell me?'' Such a misunderstanding is understandable given that during the federal election campaign Kevin Rudd told Australia that implementing an ETS would be easy and painless and would do us good by creating new ‘‘clean'' industries and jobs. Few politicians bother to consider the consequences of signing the Kyoto Protocol. more >>

Political debate on climate change is to be encouraged particularly in light of the growing scientific skepticism; once ETS is put into practice there will be no going back. Mums and Dads of Australia listen up, it is not business that will be paying for ETS but working families and it is high time the debate switches its focus on the negative impact a carbon-constrained economy will have on ordinary Australians.

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