IT COULD be very entertaining to read the climate change deniers and partisan opposition claims about the devastating effects of this minimal carbon tax, if it weren't for the seriousness of the possible consequences of taking no action. As Malcolm Fraser has pointed out, you take out insurance on your home for fire, flood, etcetera, yet the repeated exaggerated condemnation of this small tax would leave us with no protection, no plan B, no alternatives if the predicted temperature rises occur, as they certainly appear to be. These deniers seem to think that our fossil fuel based business-as-usual economy now is more important than the possible collapse of major eco-systems in the not too distant future, and ignore the compensation to people and business that is already in the pipeline. Instead of condeming this first tentative step in stopping our suicidal drive towards possible environmental and economic collapse, we should be applauding it and encouraging more policies in this direction; like increasing government support for residential solar power, wind generators and the like, instead of curtailing such support. Clearly the coal industry's influences in the halls of power is undiminished, and we may all be paying the price sooner than you think. If you laugh at this, have a read of Lester Brown's World on the Edge. It is not like we are not being warned.