Let’s just take a break from the group hysteria to look at the carbon tax from a few different points of view and think about why, in the end, we can’t help but love the carbon tax.
The article goes on quoting Stern and Garnaut about the terrible costs of climate change but neglects to mention that the Carbon tax even if it achieves the targeted reductions will not make one microscopic difference to global temperatures.
Now, finally, we have a counter to the dread, anxiety, and overwhelming helplessness that so many Australians experience when they face the realities of climate change.
Psychologically, it is very hard to face the fear if we have no way of reducing the threat. Individual efforts go only so far; deep down, we all know that we have no chance unless governments and big businesses adopt pro-environmental policies and behaviours.
So perhaps we should really be jumping for joy at the proposed carbon tax – finally, a genuine effort by our own government to reduce the pollution that big businesses contribute to our national emissions.