Labors carbon tax proposal is gathering more lead in its saddlebags as time goes by and interestingly, BHP is now one of the critics. The idea of a carbon tax was conveniently resurrected after the last federal election when BHP Billiton CEO Marius Kloppers called for climate action immediately afterwards. This was used by Gillard to walk away from her undertaking to the Australian people, that there would not be one.
Now the increasingly irrational independent, Tony Windsor has called for industry to "put up or shut up" on the carbon tax comes after BHP chief executive Marius Kloppers warned that Australia's go-it-alone approach would be a "dead weight" on high-polluting exporters. He claims to have challenged BHP on this particular issue. In fact he maintains he insisted BHP declare where it stands on the carbon tax and has publicly thrown down the gauntlet to industry critics to offer up an alternative plan to cut emissions.
Just great! The government and big business with their arms around each other and their hands in our pockets sorting out a way for us yobs to pay more for our energy needs without harming them. Well that’s the way crony capitalism works but they don’t usually advertise it.
The really irrational aspect of the whole scheme is that the assumption seems to be that we can do it unilaterally. Australia’s emissions are so small in the big picture, which reducing them is not going to make any difference anyway, even if GW is real.
All it will achieve is to cause more difficulties for the average Australian, damage our export industries; cause massive domestic price rises, and cost jobs. We are already in a situation where the declining currencies of the US and Europe are creating difficulties, and these idiots are trying to exacerbate it with a new tax.