If you have not heard, read or seen the news – it seems that Carbon Dioxide AKA Carbon Pollution is suffocating our planet. We human beings are responsible. The Earth is warming up because of all the carbon pollution in the atmosphere, and if we do not pay a Carbon Tax, our planet will suffer severe damage, possibly even unto death. YUP I guess that is the long and short of the argument.
How do I know all this? What makes me so darn clever?
Well I am not all that clever, but I do read, I watch television, even listen to the radio when driving around in the car when we can afford the petrol. So I guess I just take it all in and believe it because both the IPCC and the Prime Ministers of Australia tell me so.
And to top it all off readers, this coming Sunday July 10, 2011 we have been advised that the Government of Australia will come out and tell us how this new Carbon Tax will work. How it will affect each and every one of us, and I expect they will also include a statement on just how, by paying this new tax, we Aussies will save planet Earth.
I do hope they tell us, because it has been worrying me terribly since I read various reports stating categorically – that means without a doubt, that this Carbon Pollution, rises into the atmosphere and causes global warming – which in turn does the most dastardly things to the planet, including:
Causing the oceans to rise, causing the Great Barrier Reef to bleach.
Causing the ice caps to melt, causing the extinction of those cute Polar Bears.
Causing the Earth’s Temperature to warm up – and that of course causes severe weather patterns to emerge. We will have droughts, floods, famines, plagues, species extinctions etc etc etc. Yes nightmare stuff! I could go on and on with listing foreseeable disasters, but I expect you get the gist?
Even yesterday in the media we were told that because the Asian Countries are still burning fossil fuels in their big dirty smoke stacks – the planet was still in danger.
I expect you get the visual? Dirty smoke stacks spewing loads and loads of pollution into the atmosphere, where carbon dioxide accumulates and causes planetary warming to occur. And now we Australian’s can save the day as it were. Planet Earth will live again, without fear of carbon pollution killing us off. That must be why they want to levy this tax. There could not be any other reason? And we will all live happily ever after – right!
Marriagecoach wrote to me recently and told me:
Here is something that you have not heard before. It is scientifically impossible for CO2 to cause global warming. This is because the specific gravity is 1.52 which means that it is literally 152% heavier than air and sinks to the ground when released. According to the computer model of the IPCC it will rise into the atmosphere and stay there for a 100 years thus becoming cumulative and causing warming. Not unless we repeal the Law of Gravity.
I thought he must be pulling my arthritic leg! I mean for years the IPCC (United Nations) has been telling us that Carbon was our death sentence….. Carbon pollution causes global warming. We must reduce Carbon Emissions, to stop the Planet from warming up. This is why the Australian Government is forcing the new Carbon Tax onto us.
And now I discover that Carbon Dioxide does not rise into the atmosphere at all, but sinks to the ground. Have I any credible proof of this you may well ask me.
How about these few quotes with links:
“Because CO2 is heavier than air, it doesn’t readily rise into the atmosphere and, instead, tends to pool in low areas.”
“Carbon dioxide is denser than air, so it hugged the ground and flowed down the stream valley that leads away from the lake. Unfortunately many homes and at least one town are also along this valley and the inhabitants were caught by this cloud of ground-hugging gas.”
“Zhang said, ‘Carbon dioxide is denser than air, so it settled down and flowed along the river valley, choking people and animals to death.’”
“Carbon dioxide is heavier than air and so it sinks into the tank and stays there.”
I went looking for proof that we humans are causing atmospheric Carbon Dioxide to rise, and found this statement from here: What the science says… Direct observations find that CO2 is rising sharply due to human activity. This gives a line of empirical evidence that human CO2 emissions are causing global warming.
Gee I am not a scientist, just someone looking for simple rational clearly defined thought – statements that can show without any doubt that we are causing this so called catastrophe we are about to be taxed for. And I find lots and lots of so called scientific rational that the atmospheric Carbon Dioxide has risen, the oceans are warming, the temperatures are warmer, let’s find someone to blame – OK blame people and industry so we can tax them.
(Ok if I mention here that Earths surface temperatured did not rise over a ten year period?)
If I turn away from the Government paid scientific lackeys who have a tendency to speak in a strange language (scientific mumbo jumbo) and find a different source, will that help me understand all of this? Perhaps! I have brought the following up to date with the current players mentioned. (source)
Here’s a way to understand Mr. Brown’s and Ms. Gillard’s Carbon Tax
Imagine 1 kilometre of atmosphere that we want to rid of human carbon pollution. We’ll have 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. About half an inch. Just over a centimetre.
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. Brown and Ms. Gillard calls Carbon Pollution.
Imagine Brisbane’s new Gateway Bridge, ready to be officially opened by the Prime Minister’s. It’s been polished, painted and scrubbed by an army of workers till its 1 kilometre length is surgically clean. Except that the Prime Minister’s say 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’s 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.
So there we have it people. We are about to be taxed for a problem that does not really exist, because carbon per se does not really rise into the atmosphere, it has as stated above, a tendency to find the lower ground where it will dissipate of its own free will. Therefore the carbon becomes part of the grass and the trees and the soil around us – which is all part of the cycle of nature.
What is this carbon tax really about? Greg Sheridan (The Australian) tells us: The Gillard government is taking us down a European road. The carbon tax is a part of that, both in substance and in the style of its politics.
We know from Jill Duggan, who managed Britain’s initial emissions trading scheme (ETS) that there are 30 countries in Europe that have had a carbon price … since the beginning of 2005.”
Ms Duggan not only headed Britain’s work on international emissions trading and linking but has advised other governments on the European experience. She pointed to some design flaws in Europe’s initial emissions scheme.
I’ll betcha she spent considerable time with members of the Government expounding her ideas, and assisting in the background to setting up an Emissions Trading Scheme for Australia. You do remember I hope that we have been assured by Mr. Brown and Ms. Gillard that as soon as it is possible, the Carbon Tax will be rolled over into an emissions trading scheme (ETS)?
Is Australia going to follow in the EU’s footsteps? Is this the model for our ETS?
The Gillard government has been consistently tricky, in a very European way, in the politics of the carbon tax. It ruled out a carbon tax before the election last year. Then it decided to introduce one three years before the voters could pass a judgment on it.
Meanwhile, it has spent a vast fortune of taxpayers’ money on a series of government bodies, headed by Garnaut, Tim Flannery and other long-term friends of the Labor Party, to conduct an incessant campaign of indoctrination in favour of government policy.
What advice did Minister Combet receive and implement after speaking with Ms. Duggan one wonders?
When you read statements such as: Yet just as the Gillard government is moving decisively down the European road, the European model itself is in catastrophic collapse. The model can no longer sustain itself – YOU MUST ASK YOURSELF why we would be so blatantly idiotic as to mimic the EU system in Australia.
Who will benefit? Who will profit? It certainly will not be you or I or Planet Earth. This has nothing to do with Carbon and much to do with Big Government and centralised control.
You can still say NO to a Carbon Tax…… get off your bottom and make your feelings known.