Although Malcolm Turnbull, when re-negotiating the Coalition agreement with the National party promised to maintain all of the Abbott government’s policies against the climate change hoax, he has since promised one billion for poorer nations to cope with climate change and has promised another one billion for the reinstatement of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. Tony Abbott went to the last election with a Pledge to abolish the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and he won in the walk over.
“Craig Kelly has set his face against this global warming rubbish rubbish”
“An Australian study has recently predicted – this is the University of NSW – published in the recent edition of Nature Climate Change – it’s predicted that, as the Earth warms, arid areas of land will become wetter rather than drier. And the researchers predicted that areas such as central Australia, California, Central Asia, the Sinai, SW Africa could all expect more rain, should global warming recur in the future. (See Markus G. Donat et al. More extreme precipitation in the world's dry and wet regions, Nature Climate Change (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2941 -LINK)
Back in high school, one of the books I studied was George Orwell’s . It painted a frightening picture of a future in which an authoritarian government maintained power through the systematic use of propaganda and disinformation. Ultimately, Orwell’s writings warn us about the fragility of democracy. The parallels between Orwell’s and the practices of those peddling this carbon tax would have Orwell spinning in his grave.
In his novel, the ‘Ministry of Truth’ was the official government department for telling lies to deceive the population. The parallel with today is that we have a Prime Minister who once stood up before this parliament and proclaimed that ‘the Labor Party is the party of truth-telling’. That is right: the same political party that promised, in order to get itself elected, that there would be no carbon tax and that is now introducing one is the very same party that claims to be the party of truth-telling.
In Orwell’s , the character Syme, admiring the shrinking volume of a new dictionary, says:
‘It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.’Today, this government has destroyed the word ‘dioxide’. Every government spokesman corrupts the language by referring to carbon pollution, which creates the false impression that the carbon tax is about preventing carbon pollution—that is, black soot being emitted into the atmosphere. But the theory of global warming is all about that clear, odourless gas that makes plants grow: carbon dioxide.
According to this logic of carbon pollution, champagne is just chardonnay infused with carbon pollution.
So, according to this government, if we want to reduce our emissions of carbon pollution, we could just drink chardonnay instead of champagne. I find the repeated Orwellian chants of ‘carbon pollution’ and ‘big polluters’ both offensive and dangerous. In truth, carbon pollution is black soot, also known as particulate matter. Numerous recent studies have found that these substances cause a variety of serious diseases, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and asthma.
Kelly stood in parliament to give a speech about carbon pollution. He said I’m not talking about CO2, which is carbon dioxide, I’m not talking about the bubbles champagne, I’m not talking about when we have a glass of sparkling mineral water that’s carbon dioxide. A carbon tax of course was always dishonestly named. It was a Carbon dioxide tax. Kelly says the carbon pollution that I’m referring to is real Carbon pollution – the dust and dirt that comes from diesel emissions, and from our roads. He highlighted the paper released almost 3 years ago, called (pdf)
The health risk assessment summarised in this report describes the large magnitude of the public health burden of current air pollution exposures in four Australian cities. From 2006 to 2010 the average annual PM2.5 in the four major cities ranged from 5.1 to 7.8 μg/m3 . The annual mortality attributable to these current long-term PM2.5 exposures above background in the four cities is estimated to be equivalent to around 1590 deaths (2.2%) at typical ages.
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