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Axing the Tax
Carbon Tax Torn Asunder Down Under

Did you hear that last night? The sound of a million green activists crying out in terror? Australia just abolished its tax on carbon on a 39 to 32 vote. Prime Minister Tony Abbott campaigned on this repeal, and after two years of debate, he can now claim victory on the issue. The FT reports:

The senate voted by 39 to 32 on Thursday to repeal carbon pricing following months of bitter wrangling between opposition parties and the government over the measure, which was introduced two years ago.

“What’s gone today is not a policy to reduce emissions. What’s gone today is the world’s biggest carbon tax,” said Mr Abbott, who campaigned in last year’s election to “axe the tax”.

The green agenda was toxic for the government that brought it in and materially contributed to Abbott’s victory. The biggest consequence for the green movement won’t be the relatively trivial amount of carbon emissions that repeal of the law entails; it’s the political shadow over the green agenda worldwide. The core green strategy is to tax and harass “bad” energy sources ranging from coal to oil and so forth, while showering subsidies on “good” energy technologies like solar and wind. This will drive investment away from “bad” (but relatively efficient) methods of energy generation to “good” (but inefficient and expensive) ones.

What the aborted Australian experiment with this system shows is that consumers really, really hate the higher energy bills that this approach involves. Very affluent voters may not notice the size of their energy bills, but the hard pressed middle and lower middle classes emphatically do. That (and the effects on job creation of higher taxes and energy prices) made opposition to the Australian green program a huge vote winner for Abbott’s party.

That suggests that the green agenda in developed countries worldwide is in deep trouble—that Europe isn’t a trendsetter but an outlier. And it suggests that Canada and the U.S., two other large energy producing economies whose politics and culture aren’t all that dissimilar from Australia’s, could be heading the same way. Without the energy titans of the English speaking world on board, the conventional global green program is DOA.

From our point of view, this strengthens the case we’ve been making all along: Greens who seriously care about the future of the planet need to shift their ground, embrace the information revolution, and look for ways to help a new and more energy efficient economy to emerge. That, in turn, will accelerate the world’s transition to a more sustainable—and more affluent and faster growing—economy.

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  • Paul-1DegreeC-by2100

    Over here on the BBC News website the greenies have been positively foaming at the mouth all day! Nearly bursting blood vessels.
    He He!

  • Rick Johnson

    Tony Abbott still has a long way to go. There are still a whole raft of ‘useless and destructive’ (to use his words
    ) Green measures that need to go.

    The greatest contribution Tony could make would be to cal BS on the Great Global Warming Scam. Temperatures haven’t been rising. Sea levels haven’t risen must more than the historic average. Hurricanes and other extreme weather events haven’t got worse. The ice caps aren’t melting. The science is settled. We have been conned and are paying for it.

    • megapotamus

      And that, so far as I can tell, he has refused to do. In fact he seems to say that emissions targets are poorly served by the carbon tax and that is a strike against it. But to rubbish Climate Change would be to call a great fraction of the electorate, idiots. True it may be. Politic it is not. Forward.

      • Rick Johnson

        Political leadership is about recognising where a country has gone wrong, convincing people of the error and making changes. Just because a great fraction of the people have been duped by the Left, that isn’t reason enough not to call them out. It’s Time Tony called BS on this scam.

  • Mick

    “consumers really, really hate the higher energy bills that this approach involves”. I think it’s important to also mention, that while voters may hate higher energy bills (and who would), the wider view seems to suggest the Labor government was voted out, no the current government being voted in.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    The Global Warming hoax takes another kick to the groin. The warmists deserve nothing less than an ignominious end to their reign of fear mongering. Chicken Little deserved to do hard time.

  • WildBill0283

    Tonight, I’ll have a bonfire in celebration!

  • James_IIa

    The climate science institutions in OZ are still dominated by warmists. Next priority should be to require some balance.

  • megapotamus

    Global warming is crap but if you really want to decrease carbon emissions and are averse to nukes your solution is three words; gas, gas, gas! Coal is now obsolete for power production. The US has met its carbon reduction targets and never even signed on to them. Gas made that happen. But even if some radical de-regulation of coal mining were to slash the costs coal is STILL obsolete in that only further automation can make it and keep it competitive with gas frakked and otherwise dug up. Meaning there will be fewer and fewer coal jobs out there with the usual electoral effects. Oil is good for fuels. Gas is great for power (and not too bad for vehicles). Leave the coal in the ground. No? Okay, go ahead. Time will tell. Forward.

    • Rick Johnson

      I have no desire to reduce my carbon or my carbon dioxide emissions. There are no credible reasons to do either.

  • teapartydoc

    It might be different if it was just about energy and the environment, but it is not and it never is. The greens are attached at the waist to dialectical materialism and have no intention of simply improving the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink. If they were, they could set a goal to stop at and we could simply achieve it and move on. They want the ability to constantly shift the goal posts in order to gain higher and higher levels of power and influence, and they are never going to be happy.

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