Monday, 14 March 2011

Questions for Ms Julia Gillard

Letter to the Editors by Leon Ashby- President - The Climate Sceptics.
Unanswered Questions on a carbon tax

The recent broken promise by Julia Gillard on the carbon tax has some great irony and unanswered questions.

It now means Penny Wong has to eat her words of the last four years when she explained many times why a carbon tax wouldn`t work.
But better than that, the PM  needs to explain to us all:
  • Which scientist has shown CO2 is overheating the world;
  • What temperature an Australian CO2 tax will prevent occurring;
  • What temperature the planet will be in the next 10 years when China increases its emissions 600 times what Australia will reduce it`s by;
  • What electricity prices we will have when wind turbines (which produce electricity at 500 % the price) and can only reduce emissions by 3% - (and still not provide baseload power);
  • What financial advantage we get from crippling our economy if we introduce a CO2 tax and the rest of the world doesn`t.
But the biggest question is - Will beer and soft drinks be taxed because of their CO2 content? 
One wonders if the CO2 tax idea could lose its fizz in coming months?

Leon Ashby
President The Climate Sceptics

Editor's note -

Another Question that should be answered:

By how much will your carbon tax cut Global Temperatures?

David Evans has calculated the maximum, most generous possible amount.

Assume the IPCC is right. Assume that Australia would have kept emitting the same proportion of global emissions of CO2 for the next four decades — despite the rapid catch up in emissions-per-capita as the developing world gets cars, frozen foods, and holidays-in-Bali. Then assume somehow, theoretically, we might be able to completely stop emissions of CO2 suddenly (by Tuesday). What’s the most generous possibility of success we could get from massive Australian sacrifice and green action now? Answer: Tops, absolutely as high as it gets, exceeding beyond our wildest expectations — if Australia stopped emitting CO2 tomorrow, we could save … 15 thousandths of one degree of warming (0.0154 °C) by 2050. Spiffy eh? David has done the number crunching that we’re “sure” the ALP has done many many times as they redirect billions of Australian dollars in search of a world that’s immeasurably (and un-measurably) cooler. — Joanne Nova

Average reduction in Australia’s                              Decrease in the temperature in 2050     
 emissions from now to 2050                                      due to  Australia’s reductions
                   0 %                                                           0.0000 °C
                   5 %                                                           0.0007 °C
                  10 %                                                          0.0015 °C
                  20 %                                                          0.0031 °C
                  50 %                                                          0.0077 °C
                100 %                                                          0.0154 °C

Even if the IPCC are right, it's not worth spending a cent on mitigation.


  1. The first question is pretty pointless; she's bound to just try and point to the IPCC or somesuch. I doubt that the last question is the biggest; more like the 2nd. She'll have no idea.

  2. This will be a great letter from Leon for my reply
    "the tragedy of the commons" article that i have been working on, great Leon hope it gets up ,


    john byatt

  3. Well done, John. A comment without any rudeness, impoliteness nor ad hominems. Then again, you don't really understand "ad-homs," do you?

  4. australia emits 1/78 of co2 emissions

    so if everyone done the same then by 2050 we would reduced the temperature by

    .0154 X 78 = 1.2012 DegC

    hurrah Evans has saved the planet Spiffy

  5. THere is an easier way, John, sorry Anonymous byatt,

    It's called the Pat Sajak solution:

    If you True Believers would give up your cars and big homes and truly change the way you live, I can’t imagine that there wouldn’t be some measurable impact on the Earth in just a few short years. I’m not talking about recycling Evian bottles, but truly simplifying their lives. Even if you were, say, a former Vice President, you would give up extra homes and jets and limos. I see communes with organic farms and lives freed from polluting technology.

    Challenge to the WTF Deniers!

  6. sent copy with name but must have taken first effort before edit, yep John Byatt post

    If you True Believers would give up your cars and big homes and truly change the way you live, I can’t imagine that there wouldn’t be some measurable impact on the Earth in just a few short years.

    hear hear ,

  7. So I take then, John, that you are not a hypocrite and do not have a house or car. You are living in a cave ( a Sanctuary) and have no electricity so you are pedalling like all get out to power your steam driven computer? Or, Haven't you started yet?


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