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Monday, August 22, 2011

A carbon tax is good for Australia's mental health!

The Conversation is a blog funded by various Universities who obviously have too much money when you look at some of the tripe published.  Perhaps the Coalition's planned razor gang should look at University funds being used for rank political propaganda-an obvious place to save money. The carbon tax is lauded in this psycho-babble article which says that all those deluded people who oppose the tax deep down really want it.


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.

 Perhaps, marginally, this effort can reduce our anxiety, and stop some of us from turning away and denying the climate change problems. Behaviourally, it supports our own individual efforts to reduce emissions.

So now the carbon tax has reduced our anxiety we can all be "jumping for joy" because "deep down" we all know we have no chance without it. I feel better now - how about you? 

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