By: Viv Forbes, Chairman,
The Carbon Sense Coalition
The Carbon Sense Coalition today claimed that Australia's proposed carbon tax will favour foreigners at the expense of Australians.
The Chairman of “Carbon Sense” Mr Viv Forbes said that with the Kyoto foolishness collapsing, it was unwise of the Gillard government to impose more costs than our competitors will face.
"Coal produces the cheapest electricity in most areas of the world, especially in the modern clean power stations being constructed in Asia and India. Many of these plants will rely on imports of high quality Australian coal and the cheap power they produce will be supplied to Asian manufacturing and processing plants competing with Australian industry.
"The aim of the carbon tax is to increase the domestic cost of carbon fuels like coal, oil products and gas. This is designed to force Australian industry and consumers to use high-cost non-carbon energy options like wind and solar power. In many industries such as transport, green energy is not feasible and the carbon tax will thus merely add to the costs of fuel.
"The Green/ALP carbon tax coalition is thus asking Australian industry and exporters to use expensive energy while we supply cheap energy to their competitors.
"This policy of cheap energy for foreigners but not for locals is a path signposted with promises of paradise, but paved with poverty for those forced to tread there."
Radical greens should spend World Environment Day doing penance for all the damage their mis-guided policies have done to the world's natural environment.
Only rich societies have the leisure and resources to care for their environment but green policies threaten to make us all poorer.
Where people have a daily struggle to find the food and fuel to survive, concern for the environment is not a consideration.
Everywhere we look we see unintended consequences of foolish green policies that are directly harming the wild environment.
Probably the worst damage is a result of their mindless promotion of wind energy. Their demands for ever higher wind power targets can only be achieved when wind towers and their associated roads and transmission links scar and uglify every wild mountain and every exposed headland. Then their whirling scythes will shred even more bird and bat populations in all the wild places.
Greens should also ask for forgiveness for their misguided campaign to turn plants into ethanol and biofuels. They should apologise for all the forests turned into regimented plantations producing palm oil and carbon credits and all the natural grasslands ploughed up for monocultures of ethanol crops.
Before the use of coal and oil for energy, the wild environment was being stripped of trees for firewood, crops and pastures were consumed by armies of horses and working bullocks, and whales were hunted for whale oil for lamps. Coal and oil saved the forests, the pastures and the whales. Today's "pretend greens" are turning back the clock to those dark days when burning biofuels to produce energy for heating lighting and transport was the only option for humans.
On this world environment day, greens should resolve to repeal all the silly energy policies that take us back to the dark days when the environment was ravaged to provide fuel.