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| Author: EYE-BALL Guru | 24th Oct 2012 |
|The Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, Industry, and Innovation – Mr Greg Combet, gave a speech to the 4th Annual Australian and New Zealand Investment Conference at the – SHERATON ON THE PARK, SYDNEY today.
Mr Combet’s Ministerial office provided a full text of the speech and it can be read using this link … [opens a PDF file.]
Mr Combet was addressing Financial Market Executives and expressed the Government’s position in how they see climate change policy interacting with Market initiatives and products. Mr Combet’s speech was commented on by ‘The Australian’ journalist Scott Murdoch when he filed the following Story:
This news report by journalist Mr Murdoch is no more than a ‘headline’ grab and is representative of the mono-logic lip service journalists have these days to a real story.
This speech was about so much more and there was as much not said as what was said and this is where the mainstream media are completely out of touch with what their job description requires them to do.
Whether it be Editors having ‘control’ issues, or proprietors having political agenda’s journalists are required to report about – the result is that we can no longer trust our media to be both objective and perform to a standard the keeps us informed about the real issues the we should all be concerned about.
What I derived from this speech is summarised hereto … Mr Combet made the following comments as his Introduction –
Perhaps I should state my position before I comment on Mr Combet’s speech and views.
I was a climate change supporter from the mid-90’s and up until the Carbon Tax debate began three years ago. I began to read material from both sides of the debate and when I understood where the concerns of the pro lobby group in the increased CO2 levels in the atmosphere I began to ask more questions and failed to get the answers needed to convince me.
I don’t support the Carbon Tax – I do not think it will in any way reduce carbon emissions in any time frame that this Government and International Climate Change action groups see as a need to prevent further environmental damage.
You see – I can accept that humans have had an impact due to fossil fuel usage and that is as much a population problem as an energy need problem. Yet in all the global debate I have read and searched – nobody is talking about a population ceiling/reduction as a means to contain energy needs of the reduction of carbon emission.
This is where the Carbon Tax proposal lost creditability in my opinion. Creating a new tax as a deterrent to try to induce carbon polluters to switch over to a cleaner energy source has no real function or purpose. Especially when subsidies are introduced to offset the cost of the carbon tax to smaller polluters and pensioned consumers, and only the largest polluters are levied the new tax.
Yet the passed on cost of the new tax still feeds directly into the consumer energy market in a real way that forces up electricity/energy prices and adds to all essential cost of living expense.
So – when Mr Combet speaks to a room full of Financial Market executives trying to have them embrace a ‘carbon’ market via an emissions trading scheme, I ponder whether Mr Combet and his Government really has put the chicken before the egg …
Further into Mr Combet’s speech he made the following comments:
I make the point again – there is no discussion or thought in any plan to tackle perceived reasons for the carbon emission problems that hinge on a population ceiling as a means to tackle the problem.
Australia do not have a population problem – in fact we could live for another 4-500 odd years and still struggle to meet the population numbers of the USA and Europe basis our current immigration and birth renewal numbers.
We could feed ourselves and with the island isolation from the Northern Hemisphere polluters – our air becomes contaminated via their pollution as opposed to what we ourselves generate.
To me this whole debate is askew – it does not make sense that a small Nation and small polluter like Australia in gross terms, not per capita terms – that we are out in front of this debate and so much so that we have committed billions in forward spending estimates. And this done when the PM made a pledge before the 2010 election that there – ‘would be no carbon tax under a parliament I lead.’
This policy has become an anchor weigh around the PM’s neck when she did a deal with the Greens Bob Brown that allowed her to form Government.
When one looks to the Green’s vote – some 11.8% of first preferences at the 2010 election – far less than the informal – @ [5.6%] and no-show’ @ [7.3%] – for a total of 12.9% of voters – why then is the Government allowing the Greens to dictate a policy that is so decisive? A question that remains for all Australian’s and want to ask is – why is this Government pursuing this new ‘carbon-tax’ in the aggressive way it has?
Any solution to any perceived human induced carbon emissions responsible for climate change cannot be based on Australian pollution emissions. Yet the debate to solve the global problem does not include a debate on a global population ceiling and a number for a sustainable global population that can be agreed upon. Why Australia with a population of 23 million out of a global population in excess of 8 billion is in front of this carbon tax revolution to restrict CO2 emissions can only be really explained by those responsible for its introduction.
Wars will be fought over trying to solve a problem like population control in Nations around the world. One can understand this … but to base any solution to the human influence toward climate change has to embrace this question and resolve the answers.
But the reality is that this Government is looking to the future with no idea, or vision to a future with no understanding as to what the planets sustainable population can or might be. What if we have already past a sustainable population number?
In addition and as a statement of fact – this Government has no electoral mandate to pursue this Carbon Tax policy.
A chart below exposes the explosion in Global population in the last 100 years demonstrates this theory.
Mr Combet has a Unionist background – his opinion on Climate Change and carbon emission damage is relying on the science written by scientist with a vested interest in supporting the Government for their livelihood. Many independent studies refute the science and as more Government funds are thrown at scientist to write more confirming evidence, the sceptics are on the side of a losing battle because Government’s won’t fund their research to disprove the findings the want to believe in.
The rest of Mr Combet’s speech is related and directed at the Financial Markets and what they can do and how they can play their part in supporting the Government’s policy. The whole speech can be read using this link.
Society has become this beast that looks upon the world through the eyes of our Media presentations – TV news, TV Current affairs, and Social Media interaction. It is hardly unbiased or not presented with an agenda in mind. It’s corrupted and winning the media over is how politics is played these days.
In the recent US Presidential debates – the winner is declared on who had the better posture, and eye contact … volumes have been written and all to fed an insatiable appetite of the public’s demand to have their news delivered in video or 140 character or less …
Te Globe went viral over the speech the PM gave on ‘misogyny’ and directed at the Opposition Leader – yet nobody on the world stage understands that the speech was based on a hypocrisy support for The Speaker who is a serial misogynist text tweeter as court documents released with the content of his text messages revealed.
The World has got it so wrong on this speech – I can agree that is was great theatre and Gillard excelled – but when you become aware that as she was speaking to the House – the Speaker was already making up his mind to resign anyway … and yet the PM continues to stand on her soap-box and accepts the praise with no-mind to correct the misinterpretation attached to her oration.
The PM wants to bathe in the spotlight and take advantage of the media profile in a popularity contest with Mr Abbott – and the media foster her efforts to do so.
This is what is wrong with the world – truth and justice is but a distant memory – it’s all about wining the minds of a senseless population dumbed down to a level where vision is all that is needed to sway opinion.
Sorry Mr Combet – to win my vote and those who support this blog site – you and your Government will have to be more forthcoming …
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