One thing that stands out to me is the hypocracy of successive Australian governments on both sides. A few years ago there was a Chinese Australian at (i think) Sydney University who developed a new ultra efficeient solar cell, and the Australian government would not offer him any assistance or incentive to manufacture it in Australia, despite him wanting to do it here, and so he took it to China, and they manufacture it over there, and apparently this solar cell he developed is used extensively.
Next one, some Australian guys developed a solar power generator in the shape of a hexagon (or something) its apparently quite efficent and well suited to Australia (where it was designed) and no private company, nor the government wanted to build it.
Next, Wind power returns a guaranteed proffit after 10 years, so it is finacially viable (take that to mean that you dont need to tax anyone to build it - I mean you cant expect to spend money and recoup it in a week can you?)
Yet everytime, no matter where it is proposed, the locals start the NIMBY chant.
The thing that upsets me is that we dont need a "tax" to enact change, you just need legislation outlining that electricity companies need to increase their output by "x" amount every year, and they must do so without using carbon emitting fuels. If the power companies think they can reap money without any investment they are sorely mistaken. None of us should have to pay more, they are in the business of selling electricity, they have to invest, to make money, its how business works.
Ok, the other thing that gets me about this whole thing, is that Australias carbon output is the way it is becuase of the physical size of our country, and the way the major cities are spread apart, and the distance we have to travel to get ourselves to work and get freight around the country. Countries with small physical size and dense populations dont have these same issues. Australias historical use of coal power stations is because we have a lot of coal, so much that we sell it overseas. Other countries use nuclear because they dont have that much coal.
Dont get me wrong, Im very much in favour of efficiency, and its natural that engineers around the world have spent the last 100 years developing ever more efficient products to do the same job as the product they replace. good.
But, Australias output is insignificant in relation to worldwide pollution, even if the rest of the world halved its carbon dioxide output Australias carbon dioxide contribution would still be insignificant. So if the only reason for this political discussion of carbon credits/tax etc. is to gain political leverage on the world stage, then I seriously think Australians and the Australian government are seriously mistaken. To think that other countries will change what they do as a result of something we do, is hillarious.
Thats like saying we wont do something because Angola doesnt do it.
Do you honestly think the Chinese or American or British government will issue a statement saying, we wont reduce our output becuse Australia wont. Hilarious!!!!!! It would never happen. These giant economies will do what they want whenever they want. What we do wont matter one iota to them.
For goodness sake, we were settled by Great Britain, yet still dont have a comprehensive completely free health care system like in Great Britain! There are far more pressing political issues than a tax to keep the rich rich and the poor poor, belive me, its never the rich that suffer with these sorts of things.
How about legislating that we plant more native trees and dont chop down the ones we have?
How about legislating that all new commerical and residential developments must have a certain number of trees in "x" radius of development.
Its all too easy for governments to slap on a tax, apparently far to hard to ever come up with some creative insightful intelligent policies!
Public transport in all our major cities could be so good, yet the frequency of services is disgracefull, no government seems to want to take the bold move of trippling services.
Tax, what a joke, how about the pollies do what they are meant to do and give us the better country that we want and need though inspiring leadership and forward planning.
Edited by eltech, 09 March 2011 - 12:08 PM.