Over the last few months, the issue of a carbon tax has raged almost non stop, and continues to be debated within many communities – with a large percetage of traditional labour voters railing against it, despite the heavy promotion of it by the Gillard Government. I do agree, that there is a case for regulation, but, the carbon tax in my view is simply the wrong way to go about it, and will not result in any significant reductions in carbon emmissions. Ultimately, the industrialists will pay the carbon tax and keep on polluting. The other course of action that seems to have been over looked or ignored, is that of legislation, that would penalise the polluters from polluting in the first place - after all, DDT was banned along with many other nasties such as CFC’s and other ozone depleting substances. Throw in for good measure asbestos, that has been a very big killer and you realise that there is a good case for stopping the polluters in their tracks. Regulation would be affective, if it is backed up by the govenment and properly inforced.
There is another very important measure central to the whole debate ,that has been conveniently ignored and bypassed, and, that is the Zero Carbon Australia 2020 plan for establishing a 100% renwable energy system, that could be realised in ten years using existing technology. If the labor Government can spent $45 billion on the national broadband network, and 27 billion a year on the miltary and billions on the ongoing criminal adventure in Afghanistan, then surely, they can afford a transition to reneweable energy.
The carbon tax is a way to divert attention from the causes of the climate change crisis, to protect the capitalist system, and the huge profits that go with it. To expect the market to address the whole problem of pollution, is laughable. There is no doubt in my mind, the carbon tax is a huge con.