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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

3 June - Quick Notes

Wayne Swan and the Carbon TaxWayne Swan and the Carbon Tax (Photo credit: Leonard John Matthews)
Across our desk: B.C.'s carbon tax doesn't let...Across our desk: B.C.'s carbon tax doesn't let 'polluters' off (Page a09) (Photo credit: thegreenpages)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 02:  Protestors gath...SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 02: Protestors gather at an anti-carbon tax rally at Hyde Park on April 2, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. A crowd of over 5000 gathered to oppose the carbon tax in Sydney just one week following a controversial anti-carbon price rally at Parliament House in Canberra. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
no carbon taxno carbon tax (Photo credit: Leonard John Matthews)

Climate Change and Global Warming - What They Mean for Us

Corporates push voluntary carbon market to highest level since 2008

Point Carbon predicted the price of credits in the first three years of Australia's cap and trade scheme will start at A$15 (€12.03) in 2015 rising to A$17.05 (€13.68) by 2017. Prior to the trading scheme, the government plans to introduce a carbon tax of A$23 a tonne for 500 companies from next July (€18).

( But nobody is allowed to advise of the - presumably desired - economic implications. Australia has censored planning ! )

The CCSP plan begin with a strong focus on the problem of the “missing carbon sink” that must exist to account for the fact that much of the carbon being released into the atmosphere by human activities fails to show up as an increase in atmospheric CO2 concentration. There is a major policy interest in projecting the future capacity of the sink because it may strongly affect projections* of the effects of future carbon emissions on climate.

Carbon Footprint Calculators*

Letter to the editor: Carbon Lies

The first big lie was from Penny Wong who described carbon dioxide as a “pollutant”. But people soon learned that this colourless, non-toxic, natural atmospheric gas is the essential source of food for all life on earth.

Australia’s carbon tax losing public opinion big time

It seems Australians are waking up to the folly of a carbon tax. I’m sure Mr. Flannery’s quote of the millenium helped bunches.
However the sheer pig-headedness of PM Julia Gillard, who lied about not seeking a carbon tax to get elected, is stunning in this statement:
Ms Gillard yesterday vowed to press head with the carbon tax plan despite poor polling and the campaign from the Opposition Leader.

Praised by Barack Obama as a model for the world, Australia’s highly unpopular carbon tax, set to take effect from July 1st, is set to be policed by laws which forbid business owners from criticizing it for causing price rises – with thought criminals who do so under threat of being hit with huge fines of over $1 million dollars.
The characterization of dissent against the carbon tax as a criminal offense exemplifies how the measure passed last year goes way beyond merely forcing Australia’s top 500 companies to pay an extra $23.78 per each tonne of CO2 emitted. The system will be rolled into a carbon trading system by 2015.
Not only will Australians be whacked with price rises on everything from energy to food, small business owners will also be intimidated into silence when they are forced to pay out more for key supplies. Energy prices across the country have already been skyrocketing over the course of the last year.

Carbon Tax Australia – Everything You ‘NEED’ to Know & Why?

did the Rudd/Gillard Government act in the national interest, when it hired economics Professor *Ross Garnaut, as our chief advisor on climate change?

Professor Garnaut, is currently a member of the Trilateral Commission, which is an international special interest group.
Scientists Partion
Video by KOOZZOO News
 ( *Can't be any worse than having a railroad engineer head the IPCC - presumably for his scientific expertise as well )
... more people use public transport, walk and cycle ... the relatively small impacts on transport costs from the carbon ... cars to other modes is already occurring in Australia. The census ...

Government failing to grasp electricity storage potential

 Censorship by the Age

Biggest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history

Tuesday’s march was billed as being two demonstrations taking place at the same time. One, organized by the federations representing Quebec college and university students and attended by contingents from the province’s labour movement, abided by the provisions of the law and provided a route. The other, overseen by CLASSE, an umbrella group of students associations, deliberately did not.

.....As the world sits on the eve of the looming breakout of thermonuclear war and economic meltdown, Lyndon LaRouche made an emergency international broadcast, calling for immediate action to remove Barack Obama from office, by purely constitutional means, as the only act which can guarantee the avoidance of a global nuclear holocaust in the very near term.


There Is Another Way

This column is mostly fine, but this just isn't correct.
The ECB can print free money and give to whoever they want, including the banksters. Now I get that there might be existing legal and political barriers to doing such things, but conceptually it is completely sound. Everybody gets a do-over! Huzzah!


In todays world where giant corporations control virtually all of the media, far too much time (energy, and $$$) has been wasted trying to answer the false questions and issues they carefully present to you.
So I ask you to consider this observation; correct questions are often more important than answers.
And an answerable, meaningful question will always be a worthwhile pursuit.

World Catastrophe Map: Reclaiming West Virginia’s mountains for KFC

In order for coal mining companies to earn the right blow the tops of mountains, pollute the streams below and fuck up the natural landscape beyond imagination, they have promised to reclaim the flat remains of the mountain and create positive economic opportunities where the mountain once was. They have destroyed just under 500 mountains in the past ten years, but have reclaimed about 5% of the land.

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