What is Carbon Pollution
3:41am 10th August 2011
Carbon pollution, what is it?
What is Carbon Pollution?
Carbon pollution, or rather pollution through the production of Co2 (carbon dioxide) from industrial activity, we are told, is harming our environment
and resulting in all sorts of environmental disasters from rising sea levels through to warming the globe.
On the face of it this sounds a rather nasty problem and something we should do our best to deal with - the trouble is somewhere along the way cause and effect got rather overlooked in the analysis...
The real cost of Carbon Pollution...
For instance, where does it state in the paperwork handed out by the government exactly how much warming will be prevented by this huge expense? Answer, you won't find it! it has been worked out that by spending many billions of dollars on a carbon tax
in Australia the likely reduction in global temperature will be in the order of 0.00007 degrees! Now, this is a level of change in temperature which can not be actually accurately measured across the globe - so all this money is going to be spent on doing something we won't be able to tell has worked or not!
But, I hear you cry - Carbon is a pollutant! We should stop it!
Well that is just not borne out by the facts; carbon dioxide, in its current level in the climate is not
a pollutant - it is a naturally occurring chemical that is used by plants and given off by animals. Yes, it is slightly higher than it has been in the recent past, but hardly a level which is going to cause anyone to faint or suffer Co2 induced asphyxia!Okay, its not a pollutant directly, but it's still contributing to the increase in global temperatures!
Well yes it has contributed to an increase in temperature, as roughly every doubling of Co2 concentration in the air results in a 1 degree rise in temperature. Although in the last 10 years we have pumped out a quarter of all our human made Co2 since 1751, yet there has been no increase in global temperatures. It seems something else is steering the temperature boat.But, but, I can see the nasty Co2 given off by those power stations!
Wrong, that is not Co2, as Co2 is colourless; it is most likely water vapour.
Its a load of expensive bull!
Basically, taxing Co2 is going to achieve absolutely zip for the environment, it's the world biggest environmental own goal going and we are all paying premium prices to watch the match! This is more about a cash strapped government and a misguided Green's party finding ways to yet raise more money and make people more beholden to the government machinery...
Where exactly did you get to vote for that?