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The Emissions Trading Scheme Scam

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Australia’s proposed Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is the biggest snow job since trying to convince us that Saddam Hussein had Weapons of mass destruction.

Australia’s media would have us believe that Australia is leading the world in establishing the first ETS. The EU has already done that with a carbon tax and failed and is now trying to build a better model. The Rudd government seems intent on setting up this independent ETS quickly to avoid having to accept a global system that could be imposed on us.

It smacks of the Bracks/Brumby governments successful undermining of the Federal water scheme for the Murray Darling Basin (i.e. don’t sign until we have ripped the Murray system off for the benefit of Melbourne’s water supply)

The whole thing is nothing but posturing by the big polluters to seek exemptions and compensation at the expense of the consumer. We hear of excluding petrol from the ETS and compensating consumers for increases in energy bills. These are just sweeteners so the government can then exempt the export coal industry, inefficient power stations and any other major polluter that asks for exemption.

If it is all about protecting consumers voters, wouldn’t it be more efficient to simply exempt the end user and make the polluter pay rather than ripping us off and then setting up an expensive bureaucracy to give us a little back.

The whole idea of an Emissions trading scheme is nothing more than creating another ‘futures’ market to protect the economy the big end of town.


Written by Greg Naylor

13 July 2008 at 8:06 am

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  1. Now why am I not surprised? And that little four eyed messiah (of all people) leading the way, sheesh.


    13 July 2008 at 8:27 am

  2. Yay, licenses to pollute. Kinda misses the point.


    24 July 2008 at 6:03 pm

  3. Duya know, I think this whole ETS and CC stuff was just the beginning of a wedge that was eventually gunna see all humans paying to breath. ie paying for the carbon they produce. The rich will be fine but the poor… What happens when they can’t pay?
    Remove them from the planet?

    Simon Jacobs

    3 December 2009 at 12:12 am

  4. Thanks for your comment Simon. I had forgotten that I wrote that piece way back in July 2008. First impressions stick, don’t they. I think Tony Abbott might have read this piece in developing his ooppositeon to the scheme.

    Greg Naylor

    3 December 2009 at 9:53 am

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