Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Union Leader backs job loss Carbon Dioxide tax.

Paul Howes turns his back
on Union members.

Paul Howes once said that he would  withdraw support for the carbon dioxide tax if only one job was lost. (link)
The high-profile head of Australia's biggest manufacturing union has warned it will withdraw support for the Federal Government's carbon tax if "a single job" is lost under the scheme. 
Australian Workers Union national secretary Paul Howes has warned the Government that "if one job is gone, our support [for the carbon tax] is gone".

But you reneged, didn’t you Paul? Did a political future become more important to you that the jobs of union members?

Despite protestation from the Government and the brown-nosing elements of the main stream media (MSM), the carbon (dioxide) tax is hitting many businesses.

An official Queensland Government site lists the industries expected to pass on costs of the carbon dioxide tax:  (link)
  • Energy (electricity and gas, especially if from fossil fuels)
  • Water (depending on your provider's carbon output)
  • Waste (disposal to landfill)
  • Transport (air, heavy construction and transport)
  • Construction materials (cement, steel, aluminium, glass)
  • Industrial chemicals (refrigerants, fire retardants)
  •  Air travel
  • ·   Many agriculture, grower and forestry businesses consume high levels of energy to meet irrigation and processing requirements and may be exposed to significant cost increases.

 The Impost on the Waste Industry has resulted in illegal dumping. Some examples:  
Albury-Wodonga:The illegal dumping of household rubbish in the Wodonga area has dramatically increased and the Wodonga council says offenders are blaming their actions on the carbon tax.
The council has predicted illegal dumping will cost it about $10,000 this financial year, up from $3,000 the previous year. (link)
Sunshine Coast: SUNSHINE Coast Council's decision to increase tip fees to compensate for the carbon tax will lead to increased levels of illegal dumping, a leading anti-rubbish campaigner has warnedIn a damning letter to councillors, Tewantin resident Joe Jurisevic described the recent price increases as "short-sighted and reactionary".He warned that the fee increases would ensure the region faced a continuing problem with illegal dumping. (link)
Townsville: ILLEGAL dumping complaints have doubled since tip fees increased earlier this year forcing the council to install mobile CCTV cameras at rubbish hot spots and call on residents to dob in dumpers.Townsville City Council received an almost 100 per cent increase in the number of complaints on the issue since July, compared with the first six months of the year. (link)

The Alumina Refining Industry has already said that the carbon tax could cost 250 jobs: (link)
THE Australian chairman of aluminium giant Rusal has bluntly urged Julia Gillard to suspend the introduction of the carbon tax in the absence of comparable international schemes, warning that it will push alumina refining to China and drive up global emissions. 
John Hannagan told The Australian yesterday the carbon tax would cost Queensland Alumina Ltd, in which Rusal has a 20 per cent stake, about $20 million in the first year of the operation of the carbon tax. This would be the equivalent of forgoing about 150 jobs. 
Over five years, he said, the company faced an impost of about $30m, or the equivalent of 250 jobs.
Another Industry that will be hard-hit is the Travel Industry.. Travel Weekly reveals: (link)
The carbon tax will hit the accommodation industry with costs of almost $115 million in its first year of operation, a new report has revealed. 
The AEC Group research, commissioned by Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA), showed the levy, implemented in July, will also see the sector's profitability shrink by up to 12% over the same period.
Steve Lewis wrote of this in The Australian: (Link)
AUSTRALIA'S struggling tourism sector has warned the carbon tax will cost hotels and motels $115 million in its first year and slash profits by up to 12 per cent. 
The nation's biggest manufacturing firms have also called on the Federal Government to scrap the climate-change scheme, saying it will "disadvantage" local companies seeking to compete on world markets. 
As the Government defended the impact of the carbon tax on manufacturing, Origin Energy boss Grant King said that up to 30 per cent of small and medium sized enterprises' electricity bills stemmed from carbon pricing and other green schemes.
Howes about it, Paul? A little honesty and thought for the unionists. 

Climate Science Hijacked by Politicians

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From Pierre Gosselin's NoTricksZone (Link)

Axel Bojanowski has written a piece at the online Spiegel titled “Madness of the Do-Gooders” where he reviews Hans von Storch’s and Werner Krauss’s new book: “Die Klimafalle” (The Climate Trap - see here), which has harsh words for climate alarmism. 
Many of the harsh words are aimed, not surprisingly, at Germany’s notoriously alarmist and catastrophe-obsessed Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), which is directed by Prof. Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber. 
Bojanowski brings up many of the points that I brought up in an earlier post here, e.g. that the “climate debate has reached a dead-end“, that “the science is suffering from a credibility crisis“, and that some scientists like Schellnhuber have “taken on the role of prophets“. 
Bojanowski adds other points, first reminding us that there is no consensus on the science and that opinions run across the board. He emphasizes that von Storch and Krauss do not want in any way to play down the seriousness of climate change: ”Climate change is a serious problem“. Yes, that’s especially true if the world is preparing for the completely wrong scenario.
Very Importantly, Pierre quotes  Bojanowski:
Climate science has been kidnapped by politicians who claim their decisions are already prescribed by science and therefore are without alternatives.
Although there is increasing doubt about the "science" and more more reports showing  man-made carbon dioxide emissions are not to blame for  global warming, (what global warming?)
Australia's government justifies it's economy-crushing tax on carbon dioxide by saying that the "science is settled."

  • Gillard: "The Science is in." (link)
  • Greg Combet: "Of course, the foundation for a genuine climate change policy is respect for the science, and mainstream scientists are telling all governments internationally that carbon pollution is contributing to warming, and that is related to climate change. The fact of the matter is that the science is overwhelming, and the Australian government respects the science." (link)
  • Will Steffen declared Mainstream Climate Science as settled.

Unless the Australian Government really believed in the "settled science," why would they be committing billions?
Greg Combet (link)
has already committed $599 million in "fast-start" financing from the foreign aid budget to help vulnerable nations adapt to climate change, including work in the Pacific Islands to deal with rising sea levels.
In Doha, Minister Combet backed a global climate change deal that offers poor countries financial aid for the "loss and damage" they suffer from extreme weather events, in a new step that could one day leave taxpayers with a $3 billion annual bill. (link)

Opposition Spokesman Greg Hunt also believes the falsified hypothesis: (link)
Opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt also backed the report, by climate commissioner Will Steffen, saying there was bipartisan support on the science. 
“The Coalition recognises that the world is warming, and that humans are having an impact on that warming,” Mr Hunt said. 
The Liberals have a plan to mitigate vital-to-life carbon dioxide emissions that will cost $3.2 billion: (link)
Direct action on soil carbons will be the major plank of our strategy, supported by other direct action measures that will reduce CO2 emissions by 5 per cent by 2020 based on 1990 levels and deliver significant environmental outcomes ʹ without the need for a great big new tax.  
Our policy will cost $3.2 billion over 4 years.....