To the dummies who don’t want a carbon tax… Do you realise that we, the Australian taxpayer, currently PAY the fossil fuel industry $9 billion dollars a year? They are a drain on your pocket to the tune of around $450 per person, per year.
Of course they don’t want you to stop! We are paying them to pollute! It’s insanity, but that’s where bowing to industry based lobby groups will get you!
Personally, I’d be quite happy to dump the idea of a carbon tax if the government would just stop paying these insane subsidies as recommended as far back as 2003 by Christopher Riedy, when he said in his working paper:
Removal of these perverse subsidies can provide a ‘double dividend’ of greenhouse abatement and improved economic performance.
You know it makes sense!