>I am trying to get my head around, what is being proposed to Australians as an Emissions Trading Scheme, as a means of combating Man Made Global Warming (AGW). The Australian Labor Party, headed by Kevin Rudd , Prime Minister of Australia is pushing for us to adopt this scheme and I feel very few Aussies understand much about it. It would be a crying shame if we were to allow our politicians, to sign onto a binding Treaty in Copenhagen, committing us to a life long debt, and did not understand the WHAT the HOW the WHEN and the WHY of all the implications.
Many of the views I have been reading to try and understand this proposed scheme, seem to think this is just the Governments way of hitting us with yet another level of taxation, which will do little to clean up our air.
Do we all remember the GST? the tax to end all other taxes? Hummmmmmm
I found this explanation on the proposed ETS rather interesting:
Another view point Let’s put this into a bit of perspective for laymen! ETS is another tax. It is equal to putting up the GST to 12.5% which would be unacceptable and produce an outcry.
Read the following analogy and you will realize the insignificance of carbon dioxide as a weather controller. Pass on to all in your address book including politicians and may be they will listen to their constituents, rather than vested interests which stand to gain by the ETS.
Here’s a practical way to understand Mr. Rudd’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.
Imagine 1 kilometre of atmosphere and we want to get rid of the carbon pollution in it created by human activity. Let’s go for a walk along it.
The first 770 metres are Nitrogen.
The next 210 metres are Oxygen. That’s 980 metres of the 1 kilometre. 20 metres to go.
The next 10 metres are water vapour. 10 metres left. 9 metres are argon. Just 1 more metre.
A few gases make up the first bit of that last metre. The last 38 centimetres of the kilometre – that’s carbon dioxide. A bit over one foot. 97% of that is produced by Mother Nature. It’s natural.
Out of our journey of one kilometre, there are just 12 millimetres left. Just over a centimetre – about half an inch. That’s the amount of carbon dioxide that global human activity puts into the atmosphere. And of those 12 millimetres Australia puts in .18 of a millimetre. Less than the thickness of a hair. Out of a kilometre! As a hair is to a kilometre – so is Australia’s contribution to what Mr. Rudd calls Carbon Pollution.
Imagine Brisbane’s new Gateway Bridge, ready to be opened by Mr. Rudd. It’s been polished, painted and scrubbed by an army of workers till its 1 kilometre length is surgically clean. Except that Mr. Rudd says we have a huge problem, the bridge is polluted – there’s a human hair on the roadway. We’d laugh ourselves silly.
There are plenty of real pollution problems to worry about. It’s hard to imagine that Australia’s contribution to carbon dioxide in the world’ atmosphere is one of the more pressing ones. And I can’t believe that a new tax on everything is the only way to blow that pesky hair away.
Only last week did the change in the Leadership of the Liberal Party effectively put a (temporary) stop to voting (in Ozzy) on the ETS. The Labor party has declared its intention to have the vote scheduled again early in 2010.
In the short time left to us, we need to learn as much as possible about this proposed scheme.
What it will mean for the pocket books of everyday Australians.
If there really is any need for the scheme at all – which is being pushed to assist with the Global Warming (theory). To ostensibly save the planet by protecting us from a ‘claimed’ forthcoming rise in Global Temperatures.
Is Global Warming an unproven theory?
Is it a proven fact?
Are you prepared to allow the Government to sign away you money and the money of future generations on an unproven theory?
Lots of unanswered questions aren’t there!