I am happy to find that the facts are with the sceptics, but I wouldn’t be all that sure that the politics are as well. Tim Blair wrote a brief note the other day on He Continues to Believe, the he being Chris Bowen and the belief being climate change. Here’s the core:
Evidently enjoying his time in opposition and wishing to extend it, Labor’s Chris Bowen revives the carbon tax:
We continue to believe firstly that climate change is real.
Secondly, that it’s caused by humankind and thirdly, the best way of dealing with it is a price on carbon.
We continue to believe that, and that will be reflected in our detailed policy that we announce and seek a mandate to implement.
Really, Chris? A mandate for the carbon tax? That’ll be a first. Of course, this is less about saving the planet than it is about saving inner-city Labor seats from metastasising Greens. Look for Labor in coming elections to form an alliance with the Arts Party. Whatever; here’s some timely news for Bowen on the sainted occasion of his carbon quest renewal:
Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979. Since the end of 2012, moreover, total polar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average. The updated data contradict one of the most frequently asserted global warming claims – that global warming is causing the polar ice caps to recede.
Whatever Chris does or does not believe – and he may be as sceptical as any of us – he knows where the votes are. The biggest mistake is to believe that carbon taxes and global warming hysteria is election poison. I watch the Coalition’s climate man in action, and no sceptic he. Facts on the left are mere confetti, to be tossed in the air when you have some and ignored when you don’t.
Suppose Gillard had said that, suppose she had said there would be no balanced budget under a government she led, and had then broken the promise. Suppose she had done that. You know what? It wouldn’t have bothered me a bit.
The problem with the broken promise on carbon taxes was not just that she had lied but that it was bad policy. The carbon tax has sent manufacturing industry out of this country, made Australia a very expensive place to live and do business, and raised government revenue which it was able to squander at every turn.
The carbon tax lie was a game changer. It brought the ALP into government in a hung Parliament. If she hadn’t said it, Tony Abbott would have been Prime Minister three years sooner than he was.
The last election did not turn on whether or not there would be tax increases as part of a package to balance the books. The last election turned on whether we could get a decent set of economic managers, along with a slew of other things such as stopping the boats.
The Government we now have looks set to deliver an adult government. I have plenty of bones to pick with what it is doing (or not doing) but nothing they do to taxation will make the slightest difference to my wish to seem them succeed as the government of this country which so far they are doing infinitely better than the mob they have replaced.
Wow! Did Tony Abbott really say that? This is from The Daily Caller and relayed on Drudge:
Australia’s newly elected prime minister pulled no punches when giving his thoughts on the country’s carbon tax, which he says must be abolished as quickly as possible.
‘The carbon tax is bad for the economy and it doesn’t do any good for the environment,’ Abbott told The Washington Post. ‘Despite a carbon tax of $37 a ton by 2020, Australia’s domestic emissions were going up, not down. The carbon tax was basically socialism masquerading as environmentalism, and that’s why it’s going to get abolished.’
‘If the Labor Party wants to give the people of Australia a Christmas present, they will vote to abolish the carbon tax. It was damaging the economy without helping the environment. It was a stupid tax. A misconceived tax,’ Abbott added.
Using the s-word to describe socialists. We really are in a new world.