Well, today’s the day. The day we learn without doubt that Tony Abbott’s wild predictions about the carbon
price tax were entirely accurate and this country is STUFFED.
There will undoubtedly be price increases to energy to encourage us to use less of it. So how are we supposed to afford that, short of reducing our energy consumption? I don’t want to reduce my energy consumption! Why can’t we have action on climate change that does not encourage me to stop wasting electricity unnecessarily? What, I’m supposed to turn off one of the heaters and put on a jumper? WHY SHOULD I? Why can’t I wait till all the people in China using a tiny fraction of the energy that I use cut theirs further first?
And how are poor people, who can’t reduce their energy consumption much at all, and are therefore being overcompensated, supposed to carry on with all the guilt of receiving assistance from the taxes paid by big polluters?
Worst of all, how unfair is it for the government to finally release the details of the carbon price package and undermine Tony Abbott’s ability to completely make stuff up about it?
It is a dark day for the country, my friends.
PS: The Greens are responsible for everything bad about the package and nothing good. If you’re scared of the carbon tax, everything that makes life difficult is their fault because BOB BROWN IS PRIME MINISTER NOW. If you want action on climate change, they were completely ineffective in getting Labor to agree to anything substantial. (If you have trouble holding these completely contradictory beliefs in your head simultaneously, just pick one and only read the News Ltd articles that run that particular line.)
ELSEWHERE: Heathen Scripture calls out the bullshit:
So, no big deal, I said to myself when the details were announced. Surely this’ll all blow over. And then, found myself more than a little surprised when a Herald-Sun commenter (one step above YouTube on the food-chain, I’ll admit) said “Somebody needs to assassinate Julia Gillard NOW before she totally destroys our way of life.”
Just… hold up a minute. Ten bucks a week? Our way of life?
The hysteria is insane.