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Is a Price on Carbon Necessary?

Updated on December 1, 2014

How Much Should We Pay?

The Australian government has finally put a price on carbon. This is aimed at the big polluters who have little or no respect for the air we breathe. But we are all to blame because we use electricity from coal fired power stations, petrol from oil refineries, and burn fossil fuels in almost every aspect of daily life.

Is all that pollution necessary and who are the beneficiaries of it?

For centuries carbon polluters have poured untold amounts of carbon into the atmosphere without consequence for their actions. But the world is now paying a heavy price for that neglect on the part of governments. Global warming, climate change and loss of species is only a part of it.

The filthy substances pouring out of commercial chimneys on a daily basis becomes the air we breathe in. Cities around the world are choking with the stuff and climate change is out of control. Massive floods, super fires, extensive droughts, famine, disease and other things are hitting hard and yet there is opposition to taxing the polluters and forcing them to use clean energy.

A Typical Traffic Jam
A Typical Traffic Jam

Introducing a Carbon Tax

The Australian government has during the lasy term of parliament, 2011 introduced its carbon tax policy in an effort to clean up the atmosphere. The rush to do so was pushed hard by the Green Party which holds the balance of power.

The law passed both houses of parliament and comes into effect in July 2012. The Opposition meanwhile is spinning tales about what the tax will do towards raising prices on consumer goods and promising to abolish it if and when elected. Most of the members on this side of the house deny climate change and global warming and are heavily into big business and profit at any cost.

It has, therefore, run a fear campaign to stop the tax and force the government into a back-down and hopefully bring on an early election. The media polls show huge loss of support for both the government and climate change actions while people are confused, frightened and bewildered by the lies and hype coming from Abbott, the Opposition leader, and his cohorts. The dilemma is why should anyone believe him when he is a confessed liar and he belongs to a religion built on lies? But they do!

People are dying of cancer and lung related diseases such as asthma, pneumonia, and other things and the worry is more about jobs than a clean environment. It does not make any sense when one thinks about it.

The number of carbon polluting vehicles on roads increases daily, the smog over cities like Sydney and Melbourne is intolerable, the dirt falling over people can be measured in tons and yet people are turning away from the very thing that can save them. It makes no sense!

Cleaning the Air

Carbon is Dirt

The particles of dirt become gas when heated to a high degree. They attach themselves to oxygen molecules, which is a deadly mix. The carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide so formed are poisonous to the body. This is why people die when they hook up a hose pipe to the exhaust of their car and so commit suicide by breathing it in. But the world is committing suicide by allowing these gasses to be in the air we breath.

How Important is Clean Air to You

Would you pay to stop carbon pollution

Protect the Environment

Super fire
Super fire

Carbon and Climate change

In the atmosphere carbon is very noticeable. It hangs about because it makes the air heavy. It is denser than air so it hugs the ground. It also blocks out the suns rays to a large extent while at the same time trapping heat under its heavy shield. This has disastrous consequences.

Hot air rises and at the end of a hot day cool breezes usually arrive to push the heat away from the land. But with climate change this pattern has altered, The breezes have become winds - strong winds. In fact they may reach cyclonic proportions and hit the land with devastating effects. Crops are ruined, homes destroyed, people killed and worse.

Along with this effect super storms may arrive to produce massive floods, such as those that hit parts of Queensland in January 2011. The water raging down the valley rowards Toowoomba, an inland city far from the coast, was described as an inland tsunami. It could harly have been described better. But the rain did not stop there. It went on further devastating Queensland with massive floods inundating the Capital City of Brisband. Hundreds of homes were destroyed including infrastructure.

A cyclone hit the coast near Rockhampton bringing ruin to banana crops and buildings. It was one catstrophie after another. Then it was New South Wales turn. Floods rocketed down the Darling River and other systems and brought havoc to many cities, crops and animals in their path. People died and the rain went on and on and on.

Victoria was also hit by floods and this soon after one of the worst fires ever to hit Australia. Up to 180 people died when the bush exploded and towns were inundated, many disappearing into ashes as the flames roared on. Families may never recover from their losses as many lost children, parents, partners, homes, pets and property.

Not wanting to stop this kind of destruction by approving a carbon tax makes no sense. Add to that the cost of repairs to infrastructure, homes and businesses and there is one almighty bill to be paid.

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How Long Have We Got?

We are heading towards complete annihalation of all oxygen dependent life. The concentration of carbon in the atmosphere is, however, not our only worry. As global warming increases there are other gasses and things to worry about.

Beneath the ice sheets that cover the northern and southern regions of the earth there are peat fields. Without ice to block the gas emitted from them the atmosphere is filling up with methane gas, which is far more deadly than carbon monoxide. This gas is also being emitted from deep sea beds and other locations probably sparked off by oil and mineral extrations.

In a recent documentary by National Geographic it was shown how human activity has so changed the earth's crust that huge earthquakes, such as those that have hit Japan, Chile, China and New Zealand in recent months are inevitable and on the increase. Add to that volcanic activity may also result from mineral extractions, sub terranial atomic explosions plus the discharge of fire arms on the surface as war rages in several locations. Dictators who care nothing for the future of the earth are engaging in horrendous practices and there is little, if any, will to stop them.

Super large dams on rivers, such as the Yantze, Mekong, and soon the Amazon, are also contributing to an imbalance of weight which is having an effect on the stability of the earth's crust. These dams are also wiping out large swathes of forests that absorb carbon and produce oxygen. The more forests that disappear the less oxygen and the more carbon we will have in the air we breathe.

Carbon and Climate Change

© 2011 norma-holt

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      othellos 

      5 years ago

      Very nice quizzes. A learning experience about environment and protection of our planet. Well done:=)

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      There are certain things that we all must do, reinvent and rethink the way we are using earth's resources with minimal impact to environment. Recycling has to be given more emphasis, the need of the hour is recycling and minimizing. Are we going to improvise? We have to see the improvisation, otherwise be prepared for the doom.

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      maryLuu 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the quizz. Very informative!

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