JULY 2012, the beginning of a new era, the Great Betrayal - the delivery of the 'Carbon' tax. Even the name is fraudulent.
It is not a tax on carbon, it is a tax on carbon dioxide, a trace gas, a beneficial byproduct of an essential service, the supply of cheap energy which is the very foundation of our hitherto prosperous society.
Carbon dioxide in the quantities which exist in the atmosphere is not a pollutant and does not control the climate.
Plants thrive on it. With all of the faults of society today, our lifestyle is so much better than that of our forebears, and the difference owes everything to access to cheap and affordable energy.
Without the development of the motor car, our cities would be knee-deep in horse poo if we still used hay-burners to supply our transport needs. That's real pollution.
Without modern, efficient coal-fired power stations we wouldn't have such things as modern, efficient electric trains which replaced those once-modern but air (soot) polluting steam trains which in turn dragged mankind from drudgery, famine and short life-spans into longevity and prosperity.
Loy Yang, one of Australia's most efficient power stations, is being targeted for closure by rabid extremists who propose that job losses when the power plants are closed down could be replaced with public servants (must be true - reported last week on the ABC). 'Carbon' tax is a tax designed by fools, for fools, and we are fools if we accept it.