This is not my usual topic on this site - but hey, let's not limit or restrict ourselves. This is a warning post to all Australians and in fact all people living in Western nations in the world. Our government is currently debating how a carbon tax will be taken from us, The People.
I insist that we still debate whether a tax should be taken at all simply because we use and create more carbon. And I insist that we should not, in any way shape or form pay any carbon tax whatsoever. Carbon tax and carbon credit is a complete and utter debacle. If you read this post, please distribute it to everyone you know - because we are on the verge of being skinned alive by the powers that be.
Firstly, if you really look into the subject, it is extremely questionable whether there is such a thing as human-activity based, carbon-dioxide-related climate change. This CO2 theory has become popular of late to the point of being dogmatic, and if you do not agree to the theory and challenge people who do you can really evoke their wrath on the subject. They may even confuse you as 'not caring about the environment' and such nonsense, which is a complete misinterpretation. If the idea that there is no such thing as human activity related climate change impresses you, please do some research on this topic. Climate change is occurring, however. We are experiencing this as a slight change in temperature across global averages with changes in eco-system and weather patterns. We can see how a large number of eco-system variables are intimately related and one thing affects another with great complexity. Weather is consequently more extreme in some places, indeed much colder in some parts of the world. In Australia at the moment (if you would presently disregard flooding in many parts of the East coast - and my heart goes out to the victims of this flooding) we have been experiencing very dry conditions for a long period of time. The recent deluge of rain all at once (some places experiencing 600mm+ in one day!) is indicative of changes in patterns involving extreme scenarios. We have experienced tremendous amounts of forest fires, very long droughts and heat waves, and now we are experiencing huge storms and extreme deluges of rain and resultant flooding in Australia. This has occurred across distant parts of the whole continent, where 80% of Queensland (twice the size of Texas), large parts of Victoria, Tasmania and even the north of Western Australia have been under water. Recent reports estimate at least 15 people are dead, and over 60 are missing. We even experienced inland tsunamis, where the river torrents rose so fast and furiously that a wall of water swept across inland plains that actually washed people out from their own homes! This will now threaten many sectors of our economy and a large part of our food production has been destroyed. But is this all due to human activity based carbon dioxide ('greenhouse gas') emissions or is it actually due to something outside of our control?
There are other factors related to weather change on Planet Earth. In Australia and other parts of the world, a lot of our drought is due to deforestation as, simply put, trees pull up water from the ground, evaporate the water in the sun through the leaves, and this moisture condenses in clouds to later rain on the forest below.There is also evidence (again if you research if for yourself) that volcanic eruptions pump tremendous volumes of 'greenhouse gases' into the atmosphere. Aside from this, our sun is experiencing an increase in sun spot and solar flare eruptions, and there are reports that all planets in our solar system are heating up - and let's not forget that there are no people living there polluting the atmospheres whatsoever. Astronomically speaking, our solar system is moving through the galactic equator of the Milky Way Galaxy, and this is set to occur some time during the winter solstice of 2012. Some scientists are predicting major changes to our magnetosphere and also a reversal of north - south polarity is due to occur around this time. We are currently in the build-up period of a coalescence of multiple extreme events on our planet and in our galaxy. Perhaps a focus on man-made climate change as propagated by the powers that be is a ruse device to give people a sense of control over nature or perhaps to distract from larger issues such as those described above. Cynically speaking, the focus on human activity related carbon dioxide based climate change (phew, that's a mouthful) may also be a device which is simply being used to cash in on major change and disaster which is occurring during this period of time.
To focus for a moment on forest degradation, here in Western Australia we have about 5% of our old growth forest remaining - so clearly a major cause of our drought is at least in part due to deforestation. Carbon exists within all living things and things that once were living (coal and oil, even diamonds are the apparent remnants of ancient forests). If you burn it, it releases carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbon monoxide (CO1) into the atmosphere. If you plant more trees, the trees breathe in the CO2 and breathe out more oxygen (O2) which we animal life forms, including humans, just love to breathe in. So this is a natural cycle of carbon output and uptake, and the carbon cycle goes on. Please think about this - let us not confuse deforestation with carbon dioxide pollution-based increases in temperatures or decreases in water availability. This error in reasoning is called equivocation. At the moment there is an extraordinarily huge amount of equivocation occurring. And we are being fooled by this common, underhanded and deceitful tactic.
Example: Bill is a carpenter; all carpenters work with wood; therefore Bill will only work with wood, therefore Bill hates anything that is not wood.
This is equivocation: of course Bill could actually work with wood, and also utilize and enjoy other materials and products as well.
Carbon dioxide has been equivocated with climate change, which may instead be due to things like deforestation. And we, most of us, have been fooled by it. So this article serves as a remedy to that situation, and all I ask you to do is read it and think about it, and if you agree or are curious furthermore, to talk about it to other people that you know.
As I stated above, there are other reasons for climate change: Volcanoes produce extreme amounts of so called 'green house gases'. The sun also goes through cycles of change which affect all planets in the solar system. If we measure changes in the Earth's temperatures over time, we know there have been ice ages and heating periods in a cyclical nature throughout time. This is evident in layers of ancient ice. We can also see further evidence for cataclysm and disaster in pre-historic times that had nothing to do with technologically advanced civilizations burning fossil fuels. The extinction of the dinosaurs is an example of this.
Now, to focus on carbon taxation. The Copenhagen summit of 2009 brought many nations together to try to reach an agreement on taxing their citizens for the use of carbon. The idea is that if you make carbon producing activities expensive then people will not use them as much and there will be impetus for alternative technology using 'renewables' like wind and solar power. Now I think that investment in alternative technology is excellent and a very wise thing to do. Mostly because we will not have to rely on the middle east with all of its instability to get our oil. We will not be at the mercy of such foreign countries. For example, Scotland has invested so much money, R and D in renewables that they are on the way to having 80% of their energy produced from 'green' technology by 2020. This is a great move because then you are employing your own people with all allied industries involved, and not wasting money on importing oil - which is very expensive (from $80 to $150+ per barrel).
Thus, if we were savvy like the Scots, all we would need to do is invest in renewable (non-oil/coal/gas) technology to create our energy and also to convert motor vehicles to non-petroleum fuel. Electric vehicles could be plugged in to get their recharge from a clean (non fossil fuel) power station, instead using wind, water, wave and solar power.
The government could spend current tax payer's money on these sorts of upgrades, and /or give rewards to companies in the private sector (such as tax concessions) to do it for them. This would not be hard at all, and many scientists around the world would flock to our country to be a part of it. We would also eliminate ugly hazes from cities and foul smelling fumes from traffic jams. The air would be cleaner, fresher and healthier.
So this is where we need to be going. However - we are not. This 'green' change has instead been equivocated with CO2 almost exclusively, and we have become dead-locked into a ruse, where we are made to think that carbon taxation is the same thing as eliminating climate change.
It is not.
What would otherwise be a lovely idea to develop clean technology, local jobs, scientific advancement, etc., has been turned around, twisted, shat on and held hostage by extremely clever, wicked and machiavelian individuals who make up the powers that be. They will attempt to use our otherwise good intentions to skin us alive.
Carbon tax is planned to be charged like a goods and service or valued added tax (GST and VAT), so that anything you do which involves carbon or so called 'green house gases' will be taxed, from taking a trip on a bus or plane, to driving your car, to eating meat, having children, or owning a pet. You see - all of these activities involve the release of carbon. We are finally being taxed for simply being alive, for existing. We are afterall carbon-based life forms.
And it gets even worse. The reason why carbon tax is an extremely poor and bad idea (as it has been envisaged by the powers that be, world wide) is that the taxation which is collected by our government from our citizens as tax payers, is instead to be paid to so called 'third world countries' and not to be put toward our own domestic 'green' energy changes. This taxation is NOT designed to benefit our own moves toward renewable / clean energy. Can you believe it??
I gather the basis behind such a ruse theory is that if this taxation is paid to third world countries it will benefit them if/when they experience the bad effects of climate change which is supposedly 'caused' by first world nations (richer countries that pollute by releasing 'greenhouse gases'). Secondly, the tax may be used to help such third world countries 'develop'. Ironically, what do you think third world countries would be doing if they develop? They would be industrializing, burning fossil fuels and owning more cars!! So our carbon tax will simply pay for other poorer nations to produce more carbon!!
However, as I have stated and some of us quietly understand, our production of green-house gases does not even cause the climate change we are seeing and experiencing in the world.
Can you see the fallacious reasoning and chiefly the equivocation at work regarding carbon, tax and climate change?
Now to make matters even worse, what do you think these third world nations will do with this money? Firstly, let's look at the definition of a 'third world country'. These are countries that are not fully industrialized and often this means that standards of living are very low which is due to economies that don't export enough valuable commodities. As a result these countries do not meet the financial needs of the people living there. How do these countries become industrialized or indeed progress toward better performing economies? They go into extreme debt to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund to pay for the so-called necessary improvements in industry and economy and to 'benefit the citizens' of such countries.
This is of course not the outcome in reality. The debt involves compounding interest and so it can never be repaid, and much or all of the exports from such countries are sold to service the debt. The people living there are perpetually enslaved by the debt and their ignorance has been exploited to put them in such a position. Additionally if such countries have democracy, it is a false democracy, where the ruling party hires their own friends and families with nepotism to become owners of the factors of production and exploit the majority of the people. Bribery, false voting, intimidation, violence and despotism are the orders of the day in such places. As a result, even if such countries do develop, the money from exports is often not shared equally amongst the people, and it is very difficult to get 'in on the action' and actually make some money as a business person unless you know the people in power. Your best bet might be to become an unprotected small business person to live on the scraps from the big players (extremely concentrated wealth in the hands of the few), and many more will go into black market industries and organized crime.
So, in reality now, what do you think these third world countries will really do with the money they are 'given' by first world 'polluters' via a carbon tax? If you owed your landlord money for rent and were at risk of eviction, and you were given some money by someone else, would you go out and blow the money on a good night out on the town?! Of course not. Third world nations will simply service their debts. Thus, if we allow a carbon tax here it will simply be going through an elaborate money laundering scheme in the guise of payment to third world countries, and then off to where it was originally intended: into the coffers of the World Bank and IMF. These are already extremely rich institutions, but they are simply greedy and want more. In fact, international banks wish to exsanguinate the common people and small businesses of the world (to drain all the financial blood). They are effectively international banking cartels - banks without borders. This means they cannot be restricted by governments within specific countries, and if they lend to a country, they then effectively own that country, just as the bank effectively owns your house if you have a mortgage to it (just see what happens if you default on several repayments!). And by the way, have you ever heard of a bank significantly investing (beyond silly hype and PR) in green technology? I haven't. So let's not be foolish enough to assume that such international banks will use all of this carbon tax money from western nations to fund some sort of super-green-highway to 'green the world' or anything daft like that. They will use the money to make their owners and share holders fat and rich, their executives will be paid massive salaries and bonuses, and they will use the money to finance further exploitative operations to squeeze even more money out of all of us, first world, second world and third world alike.
So this is why I am completely against any carbon taxation, as it will basically be directly transferred to international banks which are the reason why we are in our disastrous economic predicament in the first place - i.e. they gave very cheap credit in good times, companies and governments alike took up excessive cheap credit and over-leveraged themselves so that when the global financial crisis came they could not afford to pay back the debt. We had been tricked with shonky forecasts into believing that the good times would keep on rolling. For example, regular folk that I know were starting to look at purchasing house and land packages worth $700,000 to $1 million plus. Now if they bought such places on 'equity' from pre-existing inflated assets, they would then be living in negative equity after the GFC, and if they lost their jobs or businesses they would default on payments and be homeless with zero equity, if not with debt on assets they no longer even owned. Again - the bank would then own them. Anything they did economically would need to be used to pay back the loans with the interest accumulating at a compounding rate of course, all the while. This is a microcosmic version of what has happened to entire nations.
So, in conclusion I strongly suggest you do everything you can to research this topic. Empower yourself with knowledge. Tell everyone you know about it and anyone else who will listen. Stop equivocating carbon and carbon tax with global warming and 'greening the world' because they are simply not the same thing. Do not vote for any government or representative which pedals this nonsense - in deed, write to your local representatives, local newspapers, networks and express your refusal to support such notions. Let's not allow ourselves to be taxed any more, at all! Especially in such a climate, we need all the money we can get as then we can spend it in our local economies which in turn creates employment for people living in our own countries. Let's also understand this very clearly: we as regular folk in the west are not responsible for the creation and perpetuation of third world countries and their dire circumstances; rather: international banks (World Bank, IMF, and numerous other Banks) are responsible for the creation of the Third world and all the desperate situations of the people living in such countries. You and I did not do this. Ask yourself: 'did I ever offer credit to a person overseas at an interest rate that they could never repay?' If the answer is a resounding 'no!' then you are not responsible for the dire economic circumstances of such people. This is a similar equivocation to the way that the people of countries like the USA, tax payers, were forced against their will (80%+ voted NO: so much for the 'free world' and the world's greatest democracy) to bail out banks that declared themselves to be on shonky financial ground. Did those tax payers create the problem of over-leveraging and ridiculously risky gambling tools like hedge funds and derivatives? Of course not! Yet time and time again the regular folk are told or made to be responsible for the outrageously corrupt and irresponsible behaviour of huge corporations and banks. We are not responsible for what they do, they are!
Let's not put up with this bullshit any longer.