Australia is an old land and much of it used to be submerged in shallow seas. Consequently Australia has huge limestone resources which we reduce in smelting and cement manufacture, inter alia. Recovering this trapped oxygen atom from calcium carbonate (O3 + C + Ca) was seen as a tremendous good for a long time but the last decade in particular has seen the proliferation of a new mental illness, an irrational fear of the essential trace gas released by carbonate reduction – the dioxycarbon (O2 + C) upon which all green plants rely. This new mental illness, dioxycarbophobia can also be triggered by the thought of atmospheric reduction (where atmospheric O2 content is reduced via combination with C, hence dioxygen + carbon => dioxycarbon or O2C). For reasons unknown it does not matter to those afflicted by this malady that these reactions are of immense benefit to humanity and the environment. The fear, irrational as it is, seems real to sufferers and there is no known treatment. Sedation and/or incarceration in a secure mental health facility is recommended until the delusional state is overcome.
Carbon dioxide insanity continues
THE $650 billion that Treasury estimates we’ll be sending overseas to buy permission to keep our lights on captures the utter, almost incomprehensible insanity of Julia Gillard and Bob Brown’s carbon tax.
It also shows what an utter disgrace the once fundamentally important Treasury department, as formerly a bastion of reason and sober advice, has become. Its so-called analysis – “modelling a carbon price” – shreds the last remnants of its credibility.
The first sentence in the key Chapter Five captures its fall, mouthing the lies of its political masters. In her words, the crap that the Prime Minister utters continually on the subject.
“The Australian economy will continue to prosper as we cut pollution to reduce the risks of dangerous climate change.”
“Pollution?” No, life-creating carbon dioxide.
“Reduce the risks of dangerous climate change?” No, not a single thing Australia could do, can have the slightest impact on OUR future climate. Close our economy down entirely and both our and the world’s climate would keep changing just the same.
The $650 billion that captures both the Government’s insanity and Treasury’s disgrace is the rough amount that Australian emitters will pay for foreign CO2 permits, between 2020 and 2050, indicated by the Treasury modelling.
The critical question is WHY does Treasury factor in these foreign permits? Why won’t we just cut our emissions in line with the local permits issued by the Government?
Because the foreign permits are critical to squaring the insane circle. Without them, the emission cut targets would be literally impossible. (Herald Sun)