Some at the big end of town are worried that Mr Abbott may keep his solemn promise to repeal the carbon tax. No doubt they and their smart lawyers fear losing the clever green schemes that rely on ripping off tax payers, consumers and other businesses.
Australia’s wealth and jobs have always rested on three legs – mining and farming, making and processing things, and rich foreigners; in short, resources, manufacturing, and money from tourists and investors.
The Gillard carbon tax will white-ant all three legs.
Mining and farming rely on draglines, dozers, scrapers, trains, trucks, bulk carriers, tractors, generators, pumps and machines of all kinds. All need cheap reliable energy. Their energy comes from diesel fuel or coal powered electricity. A tax on carbon will sap their energy and reduce their ability to generate jobs and national wealth.
Our processing and manufacturing industries rely on cheap electricity produced from our marvellous deposits of coal and natural gas. Greens have demonised these national assets and their carbon tax will undermine all Australian industries. Investors always look ahead. Already the threat of a carbon tax has reduced the asset value of every base load power station in Australia. Already one of the biggest, running on Victorian brown coal, is reporting financial stress and may close. We cannot run steel works, refineries or big cities on sunbeams and sea breezes.
Australia is remote from most of the world, and tourists must travel vast distances to get here. They need planes, trains, ships, buses and cars, all powered by carbon energy from petrol, diesel or gas. The carbon tax will strike at the heart of this industry. Harassed by the carbon footprint harpies, tourists may choose to stay home and go camping in their own backyards.
Finally, Australia is leading the world with the most onerous and widely applied carbon tax. This is already deterring the foreign investors who for generations have risked their savings to create businesses and jobs in Australia. Even now, the threat of a carbon tax is increasing capital shortage and debt stress in Australia.
There is no good news in the carbon tax story – no climate benefits, no real jobs and more costs for consumers. And it is white-anting the three legs supporting the Australian economy. Unlike the big end of town, thinking Australians are worried that Mr Abbott may renege on his solemn promise to repeal the carbon tax.
That would really leave Australia powerless and legless in the global storms.
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- First Successful Low Emissions Economy
- Wind Energy Lights Up
- SWindle Power
- Climatism failed in 2011, but the big battles are ahead in 2012
- Europe’s Green Lobby Fighting For Survival
- White Christmas 2012
- Global Temperatures? – Flat for 13 Years
- Have you checked your Carbon Footprint?
- What Really Happened in Durban?
- The Last Word for 2011
See: http://carbon-sense.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/legless-in-storms.pdf [PDF, 546 KB]
The Carbon Sense Coalition today proposed three simple tax reforms to the Canberra Tax Forum.
The Chairman of Carbon Sense, Mr Viv Forbes, said that just three steps would make Australia’s ramshackle system of rules, exemptions, loopholes and penalties so simple that even politicians could understand it and so efficient that compliance costs would be almost eliminated.
“The reform is mainly repealing things and affects only three taxes – the proposed carbon tax, the GST and the income tax.
“The aim of the carbon tax is to deter the use of carbon fuels by making them more expensive.
“All goods and services have a carbon fuel component in their cost and price, and will bear a share of the carbon tax.
“This carbon tax is thus a broad-based goods and services tax.
“We do not need two GST’s.
“Therefore the simplest tax reform of all is to abandon all nineteen carbon-GST bills and also abolish all exemptions applying to the current GST.
“To make this GST change palatable to the people, let’s abolish all income taxes. We do not need that complex regulatory mess either.
“Overnight people will have an incentive to produce things, create jobs and consume less – this has always been the path to real community prosperity.
“Just three changes – simple, predictable, no loopholes.
“Forget Tax Forum Talkfests and Tax Return Torture.
“Just do it now.”
Geoff Derrick is an Australian geologist with 47 years of practical experience in acquiring knowledge as to how our planet works and how it provides the resources for modern civilisations.
In this submission to the Australian Parliament on their proposed Carbon Tax Bills, Geoff uses the words and work of others to summarise the main issues that should be considered before the Carbon Tax Bills become law.
He concludes there is absolutely no reason or justification for the introduction of a carbon tax.
See his full submission: http://carbon-sense.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/submission-carbon-tax-bills-derrick.pdf [PDF, 2.8 MB]
The Gillard-Green Coalition and their “independent” allies are in temporary control of the Australian Parliament. They are about to sign a death warrant for their parties and for many of their supporters by voting for the Carbon Tax package. It will take decades for their parties to recover from the electoral venom they have unleashed. Despite enormous opposition from the public, especially those outside the capital cities, and despite a specific election promise that “There will be no carbon tax”, we are about to get a carbon tax mess so complex it takes 19 bills and 1,100 pages to document it.
What do we do?
Read on: http://carbon-sense.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/opposition-never-ends.pdf [PDF, 40 KB]
The Carbon Sense Coalition today called on the Australian and New Zealand governments to boycott the UN Global Warming talkfest planned for Durban later this year.
The Chairman of “Carbon Sense”, Mr Viv Forbes, said that there was nothing useful left to discuss, so tax payers should be spared the costs.
“There are only two legitimate topics to debate in Durban – the science of global warming or the politics of the Kyoto agreement.
“Government climate mercenaries tell us at every opportunity ‘The science of global warming is settled’. They refuse to debate climate realists. Thus, according to them, there is no science to debate at Durban.
“The politics of Kyoto alarmism is equally settled. No one outside the Green Empire in UK, Europe and the Anzacs will renew Kyoto.
“Developing economies in Africa, India and China are never going to agree to carbon taxes and rationing that damage the aspirations of their millions many who still lack electricity. Others such as PNG, Indonesia and Brazil will participate only to the extent needed to rip off the gullible Green Empire by selling ephemeral ‘carbon credits’ to them.
“Thus the Kyoto deal is dead and there is nothing there to discuss in Durban.
“Almost every western government is guilty of massive overspending. Australia and New Zealand should reduce government waste by sending NO ONE to the pointless party in Durban.”
Rosewood Qld Australia
Viv Forbes is Chairman of the Carbon Sense Coalition which opposes waste of resources, opposes pollution, and promotes the rational and sustainable use of carbon energy and carbon food. www.carbon-sense.com
By Martin Durkin
Poor Al Gore. Global warming is fast turning into a joke. From the jolly Hockey Stick (remember that one) to the topsy-turvy ice core data (what a howler), from the laughable computer models, to the dodgy temperature records … not a single scrap of global warming garbage has escaped the blistering, excoriating scrutiny of McIntyre, Lindzen, Christy, Spencer, Singer, Carter & Co. The awkward-squad army of sceptics have kicked and trampled this theory to death, not once, but a hundred times over.
And yet, for all the onslaught of reasoned, scientific argument, the global warming beast refuses to lie down. Like some beleagured, maniac cyborg from the future, it just goes on and on. We all know the reason. The edifice of global warming is built not on science, but politics.
But what kind of politics? This is the first in a series of blog pieces to explore the green politics behind global warming …..
A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO POSH ANTI-CAPITALISM
The next time you’re forced to attend a dinner party, keep an eye out for the global warmer. Then ask him what he thinks about supermarkets (wicked), ‘consumer society’ (soulless), world trade (cruel) and government regulation (more needed). Global warmers are, in short, anti-capitalist. But – and here’s the really important thing to understand – it’s a very specific form of anti-capitalism. We might call it posh anti-capitalism.
In the old days, when there was less swearing on TV and kids were scared of policemen, anti-capitalism was coloured Red. The Reds complained that capitalism would cause the ‘immiseration’ of the workers, and they dreamed of giant socialist factories, out-producing the West.
The tragedy (for the Reds) was that capitalism didn’t play ball. Instead of getting poorer, ordinary folk got richer – much, much richer. For the simple reason that capitalist mass production must necessarily go hand in hand with mass consumption. What the new-leftists call ‘consumer society’.
But these days, anti-capitalists are coloured Green. They campaign not in the name of the working class, but of ‘Earth’. Instead of giant factories, they dream of little handicraft workshops and organic peasant farms. They complain not that capitalism will impoverish the workers, but, on the contrary, that capitalism has made them too rich. It is the very success of capitalism that seems to upset them.
For a print ready pdf of the full article see: http://carbon-sense.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/durkin-posh-anti-capitalism.pdf [PDF, 42 KB]
Martin Durkin is a documentary film director and TV producer. Of the various prizes for his wonderful films, the one he is most proud of is the Free Enterprise Award, given him recently by the Institute of Economic Affairs. Previous winners include F.A. Hayek and Margaret Thatcher. He is currently directing on a feature-length film on Margaret Thatcher for Channel Four Television. One of his masterpieces is the film “The Great Global Warming Swindle”.
He is founder and managing director of Wag TV, which was listed among Britain’s top ten TV production companies in an industry poll conducted by REAL SCREEN magazine. He has served on the steering committees of the World Congress of Science Producers and lives in London with his wife and their four children.
The Greens now control the Australian Parliaments – neither the ALP nor the Coalition can pass legislation without support from the Greens and their patsy independents.
For years now the Greens have waged war on our primary industries – mining, grazing, farming, forestry and fishing.
This war reached a climax recently with their unprincipled attacks on two industries – coal and cattle. Bob Brown wants to close all Australian coal mines and coal fired power stations and other greens want to stop all live cattle exports. That infamous economist, Ross Garnaut, seems to think we should eliminate our cattle and sheep and farm kangaroos instead. (Naturally the surplus cattle and sheep will all be euthanized humanely.)
Every war is triggered by one dramatic event and the overnight banning of live cattle exports from Australia to its near neighbour Indonesia was the trigger for action across Northern Australia. The bush is now like an agitated meat-ants’ nest.
Thus the proposal by one NT truckie, Mick Pattel, to organise a Protest convoy to Canberra has escalated into 11 convoys from all parts of Australia.
Already the first convoy is heading south. For up-to-date details of all convoys see: http://justgroundsonline.com/
If you can help or participate see this link: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22CUHCJADW4/
Please spread this information around.
- Carbon Tax Lies and Bribes
- Al Gore Generating Global Warming?
- Accelerating Dangers from Global Warming
here: http://carbon-sense.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/convoys-of-no-confidence.pdf [PDF, 56 KB]
By Jo Nova.
GOVERNMENTS across the world have paid billions to find links between carbon dioxide and the climate, but very little to find the opposite. Teams of professionals have searched high and low for any possible hint that CO2 poses a threat, but no one has been paid to find otherwise. CO2 has been convicted without a defence lawyer. It is self-evident that any expert in a field will reap more rewards, fame and fortune if their field is critically important. Why would anyone expect such experts to go out of their way to hunt down evidence that might suggest their field ought not be the centre of a global economic transformation?
In law, if there is no defence, it’s a sham. In business, if there is no competition, it’s a monopoly. In science, if there is no debate, it’s propaganda…
Between 1989 and 2009, the US government paid over $30 billion towards “climate change”.
We’ve paid to find a crisis, and what-do-you-know, we “found” one. (Yes. It’s true, we got what we paid for.) Hundreds of scientists have been doing their jobs, most diligently, turning over every stone labelled “CO2”. But no one has been paid to turn over the other stones. When politicians and journalists say they can’t find a credible voice of dissent, it’s only because they define “credible” as someone holding a government-funded position — and by definition, there are no government-funded sceptics.
As with all unbalanced systems, people are rushing to fill the vacuum. The volunteers are coming. Never before in science have so many unpaid people used their expertise to become whistleblowers.
For the full article see: http://joannenova.com.au/2011/07/climate-change-suspect-must-be-given-a-fair-trial/
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Pretend you were determined to embark on a crash program to increase the price of electricity in order to deter consumers and businesses from using it. Here is a five point plan for achieving that sort of destruction:
First, pay millions in compensation to force closure of reliable coal fired power stations producing cheap electricity.
Second, spend millions more in subsidies to bribe promoters to erect forests of imported wind turbines that produce no electricity for 75% of the time. Then pay again to have them switched off when the wind is too strong or if they produce more power than the network needs at that time.
Third, spend more millions to build a spider web of roads and transmission lines to connect every single turbine to the national grid. These costly facilities are only used for 25% of the time.
Fourth, spend yet more millions to build new gas fired backup generators to keep the lights on when the wind stops. Then pay again to switch off the gas any time the wind happens to blow at the right speed for the turbines.
Finally, force any remaining coal or gas power stations to buy carbon ration permits from merchant banks.
Climate will still change no matter how many wind temples we build to the Global Warming god.
When we have pauperised ourselves by wasting our savings to inflict unreliable high cost electricity on our industries and our people, we will have no resources left to cope with the inevitable natural disasters that will still occur.
This five point plan is what passes for rational energy policy from the Green/Labor Coalition now in control of the Australian Parliament.
- Plain Talk on the Carbon Tax
- Taking the Wind out of Wind Energy
- The Global Warming Tipping Point?
- The Conveys of No Confidence
- “Stick with the Science – it is all Peer Reviewed.”
- Lord Monckton wins Press Club debate
See here: http://carbon-sense.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/five-point-plan.pdf [PDF, 49 KB]