Carbon Tax vs. Climate Action

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Jul 17 2011 01:31
Carbon Tax vs. Climate Action

A few months ago i was at a public forum about the carbon tax, a panel of speakers including one from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition(notable for their annoying blue shirts, chants, Hyde park skyscraper office headquarters and lack of politics), Socialist Alliance, Climate Emergency Action Network, and some others.

This brought several key things to my attention:

It revealed how the quality of environmental action groups in Adelaide has crumbled so much that the AYCC would not participate in demonstrations against a defence expo because they didn't see that as 'relevant' and this would 'confuse' their sunday-school cult-like membership.

The Carbon tax set at $30 per tonne would only force capital towards the (burgeoning)Gas industry, comfortably safe with all those billions of dollars in Gas projects in the pipeline(Pluto's gas plant at Woodside, WA for example). I don't remember the exact figure of what it would take to divert capital to renewable energy, but it was somewhere around 130-150 per tonne. At the time the speakers' main point was 'well, at least it's a step in the right direction..' and the only person holding their ground was a Socialist Alliance speaker.

So the tax IMO has some heavy contradictions, firstly, at $30 a tonne it's applying an estimated $10 a week extra burden onto our shoulders. Considering the above point about Gas, does that mean a carbon tax of $150 per tonne that might actually do the trick would be unaffordable entirely for most of us, with a weekly burden of say $50?

And of course the main contradiction of it is the diversion of capital towards Gas infrastructure and developing those resources, when we need to be abandoning fossil fuels, because they're causing climate change!

Now the Australian has been heavily in favour of Gillards model - the Gas friendly model - while trying to stamp down on Abbott's supposed 'direct action': where he wants to give corporate handouts to corporations who pump out CO2 and that these handouts will encourage them to stop it.
Of course, both are as indirect as each other - direct action would be the government

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Jul 17 2011 01:32

To be continued.