Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Watching the Greens Kill Australia

By Alan Caruba

Fortunately for America, President Obama’s effort to impose a cap-and-trade law on carbon dioxide emission failed in a Democrat controlled Congress that saw how disastrous its impact would have been in a time of economic distress.

It would have imposed higher costs on everything involving the use of energy and would have done so on the basis of the all the lies about global warming, greenhouse gases, and Obama’s anti-energy policies. Using the Environmental Protection Agency, he has been bludgeoning the coal industry and, via the Department of the Interior, thwarting the exploration and extraction of oil on all of the vast land holdings of the federal government.

As I have often noted, there hasn’t been any planetary warming since 1998 when Earth began a normal cycle of cooling and carbon dioxide plays no role whatever in either warming or cooling. It is a mere 0.038 percent of the atmosphere.

For several years now I have been watching the destruction of the Australian economy by its elected leaders. David Archibold, a climate scientist and energy analyst based in Perth is a visiting fellow of the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. where he teaches a course in strategic energy policy. On July 1, he gave a speech at an anti-carbon tax rally in Sydney.

“There is no doubt that we are ruled by evil men and evil women who are fully aware of the damage they are doing to our economy, and to the warp and weft of our society, and who seem to be in a manic rush to do as much damage as possible in the time left to them,” Archibold told those attending the rally. Sadly, they already knew the truth of this.

An Australia friend of mine recently wrote to say “the Australian carbon dioxide tax—or as our lying government calls it ‘price on carbon’—came into effect on July 1, 2012. Already our electricity prices have risen by up to 20%, refrigerant gas gone up 300%. Landfill and tip fees have increased by 30%, food is up. The tax has been imposed on EVERY item we buy in some form or other”, adding that “I wouldn’t be surprised if you get a similar tax if Obama wins in November. We are slowly destroying our economy.”

A word about refrigerant gases; these are required for your home and car air conditioning, your refrigerator, and for a stand alone freezer. Most food items, liquid or solid—particularly meats, poultry and fish—require refrigerated transport. The Australian carbon tax adds thousands of dollars to these costs of operation and affects everyone.

The Greens, whether as part of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) or as groups in various nations, have done everything they can to thwart energy use, to replace oil, coal and natural gas with the useless, costly “renewable energies” of wind, solar, and biofuels. Humans, they insist, are destroying the Earth, but it is the Greens who are destroy Australia these days.

Australia is a case history of what happens when Greens and those in power join hands to use the instrument of government to destroy a successful nation. As Sam Fielding recently reported in an article on AmericanThinker.com, Australia went from a thriving economy under former Prime Minister John Howard who served from 1996 to 2007, only to elect Kevin Rudd’s left-wing Labor Party in 2007. By 2009 “a six year run of budget surpluses gave way to the largest deficits in modern (Australian) politics. His deputy was Julia Gillard who challenged him and won election, promised that “there will be no carbon tax under the government I lead.”

If this reminds you of all the promises President Obama made prior to taking office and plunging the U.S. into $17 trillion of debt, it is exactly the kind of duplicity that has ruined Australia when Gillard engineered the controversial tax.

Obama visited Australia in November 2011 and expressed support for the carbon tax saying, “I think that’s good for the world…I actually think, over the long term, it’s good for our economics as well, because it is my strong belief that industries, utilities, individual consumers—we’re all going to have to adapt how we use energy and how we think about carbon.”

As is the case of the IPCC,  many of Australia’s scientists were corrupted. Archibold said, “As a scientist, what saddens me is that most of our scientific institutions have failed in their duty to serve and protect the Australian people” referring to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, government bureaus, and the universities—“these have all failed us and sold their souls for a handful of silver.”

“The notion of global warming,” said Archibold, “was concocted to provide a cloak of scientific respectability for a massive socialist redistribution of wealth.” If that sounds like what is happening in America today, you’re right.

My Australian friend also took note of a mining tax that has been imposed, not unlike Obama’s attacks on the U.S. mining industry. America sits atop enough coal to provide electricity for hundreds of years to come, but it is being systematically destroyed. “Australia is in a world of hurt and all so unnecessary. See what socialist, radical, green, lefty governments bring us?”

Yes, look at Australia and see what lies ahead if Obama is given four more years to complete his destruction of America.

© Alan Caruba, 2012


Lime Lite said...

The Australian federal credit card is currently maxed out at $300 billion. John Howard took 10 years to pay off the previous Labor credit card of $90 billion. Any guess how long it'll take to pay this scandalous debt off when Mr Abbott thrashes Gillard at the next election? At least 20 years. The Australian people just never learn. Just when we had a government which had put the past right, along comes smooth talker Rudd and cons them their vote. Today Australia sits with a Fabian Socialist liar as the Prime Minister, who is only too eager to spend huge dollars on her Union and Green pet projects. The next election has to take place by November 2013, so one can only guess what the credit card will look like by then. In the meantime, Australians work to pay for the carbon dioxide tax we were promised not to get - all for ZERO effect on the global temperature, but good for the government coffers for redistribution to buy their next votes.

LarryOldtimer said...

Since carbon dioxide is essential for the growth of all green plants, voting for less food availability is downright stupid as stupid as can be.

The EPA is a rogue organization, out to destroy our nation. Intentionally, by the way. Those crazy people want humankind reduced quickly to 5% of the numbers of humankind as of now.

Back when there were "real" scientists in the EPA, they advised the head of the EPA to continue the use of DDT. But William D. Ruckelshaus was a complete nitwit "geenie", and ordered that DDT be banned completely. We are all paying the price of that stupidity as of now

See the "Club of Rome" for more details.

TonyfromOz said...

thanks for highlighting this. This iniquitous huge new tax has been in place now for barely weeks.

All electrical power providers have put up their prices for the electricity they provide.

While part of the residential sector was partially compensated, that sector makes up only 38% of all power consumption, so every consumer has suffered increases in the cost of their electricity.

You also highlighted the increases in other areas as well, and this is worked out using a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) equivalency ratio, based on the original UNIPCC, UNFCCC, GHG equivalence, in other words how (allegedly) volatile that gas may be when compared to CO2.

I have a link below to an image for that equivalence, and this is taken directly from the Australian Legislation.

There are 24 Gases listed and that number down the right hand side is the multiplier.

The price imposed on CO2 is initially $23 per tonne, rising each of the next three years until the ETS is initiated. Also keep in mind that the current Australian Dollar is close to parity with the U.S. Dollar.

So, where you see that multiplier number on the right of each of those gases, that is $23 multiplied by that number, and some are in the thousands and tens of thousands.

Where you see Methane and its multiplier of 21, keep in mind this is the Natural Gas supplied to households as their gas supply.

The price of supplied gas to residences that have town or bottled gas has risen by around 12%.

The cost of electricity for all Australian States has risen by between 10% and 15%. Keep in mind that now, the unit price per electricity is between 24 and 27 cents per KiloWattHour (KWH).

While the cost in the U.S. varies from State to State, currently no U.S. State pays as much per KWH as the average in Australia, and the average cost in the U.S. for electricity at the residential level is currently 11.26 cents per KWH, according to the EIA.

This is the link to that GHG multiplier chart from the current Australian Legislation, and while the link will not show up here at Alan's site, you can highlight the link, copy and paste it into the url address line and the image will show up when you search for it.

Just look at some of those multipliers.



Alan Caruba said...

Tony, it is unfortunate that Australia has to be the poster child for the evil that Greens do.

Rich Kozlovich said...

We know that dystopia follows socialism and environmentalism like Sancho Panza followed Don Quixote...a madman. I really think that is a clear depiction of society. Sancho Panza left his comfortable home and family to follow a man that was clearly insane.

Society follows those who espouse policies that are economically disastrous; not to mention that they are misanthropically insane.

As for benefits to the environment; it is only the industrialized and technically advanced nations that can afford good environmental policies. History is clear on this.

So what drives the media, the political leaders to support such maniacal policies? They are corrupt! What drives society to buy into this stuff? They have been lied to by every major institution in the world.

We must stop believing the madness of insane people!