ETS tax for dummies Let’s put this into a bit of perspective for laymen!
ETS is another tax. It is equal to putting up the GST to 12.5 per cent which would be unacceptable and produce an outcry.
Read the following analogy and you will realise the insignificance of carbon dioxide as a weather controller. Here’s a practical way to understand Julia Gillard Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.
Imagine 1km of atmosphere and we want to get rid of the carbon pollution in it created by human activity.
Let’s go for a walk along it. The first 770m are nitrogen. The next 210m are oxygen. That’s 980m of the 1km. 20m to go. The next 10m are water vapour. 10m left. 9m are argon. Just 1m more. A few gases make up the first bit of that last metre. The last 38cm of the 1km – that’s carbon dioxide.
A bit over one foot. 97 per cent of that is produced by Mother Nature. It’s natural. Out of our journey of one kilometre, there are just 12mm left. Just over 1cm – about half an inch in the old money. That’s the amount of carbon dioxide that global human activity puts into the atmosphere. And of those 12 mm Australia puts in .18mm. Less than the thickness of a hair. Out of a kilometre! As a The world has a number of pressing pollution issue. Our opinion
writer believes Australia’s carbon pollution isn’t one of them hair is to a kilometre – so is Australia’s contribution to what Julia Gillard calls carbon pollution. Imagine Brisbane’s new Gateway Bridge, ready to be opened by Julia Gillard. It’s been polished, painted and scrubbed by an army of workers till it’s 1km length is surgically clean. Except that Julia Gillard says we have a huge problem, the bridge is polluted – there’s a human hair on the roadway. We’d laugh ourselves silly. There are plenty of real pollution problems to worry about.
It’s hard to imagine that Australia’s contribution to carbon dioxide in the world’s atmosphere is one of the more pressing ones.
And I can’t believe that a new tax on everything is the only way to blow that pesky hair away.