Being Green – It’s All About Moral Superiority
Australia has committed economic suicide, a country heavily dependent on fossil fuels for both energy and export, has during a deepening global recession introduced a carbon tax, which translates into a tax on everything.
Tony Abbot the opposition leader said “I am giving you the most definite commitment any politician can give that this tax will go. This is a pledge in blood this tax will go.“
Latest polls show 70% of Australian voters against the carbon tax that Gillard said she would never introduce, while unpopular with voters the carbon tax has received support and applause from warmists around the world, that don’t have to live with the economic consequences:
Thanks to a narrow victory for the government, Australia now looks likely to join the EU and New Zealand in introducing a comprehensive policy to make carbon polluters pay for the damage they cause. This is very good news. It has been an uphill battle, with the opposition and business lobby all but claiming that the sky would fall in should the bill be passed.
But once the dust settles and the lamenting subsides, the majority of people of Australia are likely to find that the bill passed on Wednesday benefits them. Much of the money raised from the carbon price of £15 per tonne of emissions will be recycled in the form of tax breaks and compensatory payments.
It will also be used to stimulate investment in new clean energy technologies leading to new jobs and increased inward investment. Hopefully over time this will boost Labour and the Greens’ popularity, so ensuring that the policy is protected – despite opposition leader Tony Abbott’s “blood promise” to repeal the legislation.
If Gillard’s carbon tax actually leads to green jobs that would truly be a first, a recent report in the US by the House Budget Committee showed that Green jobs have been a universal failure, globally.
There could be significant advantages for Australia’s financial institutions in being amongst the first to participate in this market, just as London has benefited from being the hub of the European carbon market.
It would be interesting to know how London has benefitted, no evidence is offered to support the claim.
Being out in front has its advantages and confers a moral superiority but there will always be forces of conservatism who will be made to feel uncomfortable. It is therefore more important than ever that countries in the early adopters group work together to defend their actions and encourage more into the fold.
No one, in Europe or Australia, can now claim to be going it alone, and with luck soon many more will step up and join the race to the top
Australia will be morally superior, but all alone in having castrated its economy while the rest of the world looks on in bemused wonderment, any emissions saved will be swallowed up in a nano second by China, while Australia sinks into economic oblivion.
The author of the this article in the Guardian is Lady Worthington one of the authors of the disastrous Climate Change Act 2008, still with 7 million households in energy poverty, crippling taxes on industry the pain is all worth it, because it is morally superior.
The problem with being morally superior is that is doesn’t keep you warm, put food on the table and a roof over your head, but then it is easy to be morally superior when you are a rich member of the Liberal Elite and can afford to pay for your moral superiority.
Posted on October 13, 2011, in Anthropogenic Global Warming, Church Of Climatology, Climate Change, Climate Disruption, COP16, COP17, Global Warming, Green Lies, Green Taxation, Oh FFS and tagged Australia, Church of Climatology, Climate Change, Climate Disruption, Global Warming, Julia Gillard. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.