Car­bon­ated de­bate

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North - Opin­ion by S. Newn­ham, Wul­guru

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.

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