Monday, 31 August 2009

Time to Turn up the Heat on the Emissions Trading Bill

Opinion Piece by Viv Forbes Climate Science Coalition

The next couple of months are crucial to the future for all Australians..

Penny Wong and Kevin Rudd are determined to have some Emissions Trading Legislation on the law books before the next Copenhagen Climate Change Convocation in December. What we do in Australia will also affect what happens to similar legislation in the US Senate. And if Australia and the US provide some lead, we may stem the tide

Too many key Liberals are so scared (or enamoured) of the Greens that they are in danger of caving to some deal with Rudd. The Liberals are also being pushed by Big Business for “certainty” – I prefer uncertainty forever rather than the certainty of execution in the morning.

A majority of the biggest businesses see nothing but profit potential for themselves in trading carbon permits and credits. Others have foolishly and prematurely committed to imprudent “green” investments whose value will evaporate unless the Emissions Trading legislation gets up. These big vested interests are opposed to the interests of ordinary Australian workers, shareholders, taxpayers and consumers. They are pushing our weakest politicians to pass this bill before too many Australians wake up to what is in store for them.

But we can beat them, and our weapon is to mobilize public opinion against the RATS Bill and against those thinking of supporting it. Already the big ocean of public opinion is stirring – we need to add our paddles to the pool.

The first step is to realize that the Global Warming Hysteria was promoted by people with a deep commitment to philosophies totally opposed to our western heritage of individual freedoms and free enterprise.

For some insights into the parallels between today’s philosophies of the Deep Greens and the total government philosophies of the 1920’s see “The Battle of our Times” at:

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Politics is a numbers game. We thus need to motivate and encourage ordinary people to put pressure on every politician, every media outlet, and every participant in this big debate.

Many individuals become discouraged at the enormity of the job, and say “But What Can I do”. To help them we have produced a guidebook of advice on what every one of us can and should do, starting tomorrow. It is all detailed in “Time to Turn up the Heat” at:

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“Carbon Sense” is not a party political body. Our aim is to promote rational energy, climate and environmental policies and to oppose this baseless campaign to demonise, ration and tax the use of carbon energy and food. Therefore any politician or party who opposes the RATS Bill has our support.

Barnaby Joyce and the Nationals have been refreshingly unequivocal about the RATS Bill – they will vote against anything that Wong-Turnbull put up. Hence we support them in the Media Release below. We also support Steve Fielding and the Family First Party and those individual Liberals and Labor politicians who see through this scam.

So we now ask for your help. Please distribute our messages, read the reports above, spread them around, and do SOMETHING - whatever best suits your ability and inclination.

In the Roman Senate during the wars with Carthage, Senators ended every speech with the words: “And Carthage must be destroyed”.

So remember and repeat endlessly: “The RATS Bill must be destroyed.”