Has anyone noticed the drivel that various Labor politicians are coming out with, given that the vexed issue of its implementation a carbon tax without a mandate is a topic too difficult to deal with?
Bowen, Albo, Shorten – the cliches are pretty much the same:
- I believe climate change is real.
- I believe that humans are contributing to climate change.
- I believe that putting a price on carbon is the right thing to do.
- Putting a price on carbon will allow Labor to be on the right side of history.
But are any of these statements actually meaningful? Take the first – isn’t this the equivalent of saying that I believe that the sun rises in the east? (I’m not sure where the “we are going to terminate the carbon tax” fitted in with their mushy rhetoric, by the way. Having a bob each way, perhaps?)
And now we have two important reports, one actual, the other leaked:
- The OECD – yes, the OECD that left-wing Euro-centric ‘think tank’ – has concluded that Australia’s carbon tax is making industry in Australia uncompetitive because other countries have not followed suit. Short of imposing a non-WTO compliant set of tariffs on goods from countries that have not imposed a price on carbon at all or to any near the same extent as us, Australia is losing out economically. (No kidding you all say, but it is the OECD saying it … and that matters in the context of this debate.)
- The leaked IPCC report which backpeddles on its previous prediction of massive increases in temperature and rising sea levels. And don’t you just love the finding that the climate change models have errors of 300 per cent. As for extreme weather events, the IPCC is also backpeddling, claiming that there is no convincing evidence that these are human induced.
There is also an interesting figure in the OECD study that the carbon tax would have to be over $70 per tonne to make any difference to the growth of emissions. In other words, we are dealing with an economically harmful tax that is making no difference. This idea that the carbon tax (and ETS) is a market solution really needs to be hit on the head.
Just keep the cliches coming, I say.