Time to Erase the Emissions Trading Nightmare

Published October 9, 2008

The Carbon Sense Coalition today called on the Premier of Queensland and all elected members to bring pressure to bear on the Federal Government to immediately abandon plans for Emissions Trading.

The chairman of Carbon Sense, Mr. Viv Forbes, said that at a time of world economic crisis, the last thing productive Queensland industries need is the threat of this destructive policy hanging over them. His statement appears below.

The Carbon Sense Coalition, a voluntary group of people concerned about the extent to which carbon is wrongly vilified in Western societies, was a cosponsor of the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change, sponsored by The Heartland Institute.

Emissions trading and its carbon taxes must harm Australian industry, and Queensland will suffer most.

We are assured there are real environmental or climate benefits from all this sacrifice and warned of dire consequences if we do not act immediately. Prophecies of climate doom issue weekly from the pulpit of Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

However, there is growing scientific evidence and opinion that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere does not control the climate. Thus all the resources spent on attempting to limit or remove it will be totally wasted.

Australia is totally dependent on carbon-based fuels and farm animals dependent on the natural carbon cycle. To allow scare mongers from the Canberra hot-house to demonise the use of these harmless natural products on which we all depend is economic suicide.

Moreover, there is no proven technology and insufficient capital and time to significantly replace carbon-based fuels without the nuclear option being chosen by many countries. And the kangaroo grazing option is too silly for words.

The targets demanded by Garnaut and the Greens can be reached only if we engineer or have thrust upon us a major depression of economic activity.

It is time some grassroots politicians from the provinces demanded two things:

Firstly, an independent scientific assessment of the role of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Secondly, an independent cost-benefit analysis of this attempt to control the climate.

Viv Forbes is chairman of the Carbon Sense Coalition, Queensland, Australia. Email [email protected].

For more comment see: “Emissions Trading – Time to Call a Halt,” an Open Letter to the Premier of Queensland and all elected members of state and federal Parliaments: http://carbon-sense.com/2008/10/09/open-letter-qld/