Tuesday, December 15, 2009

ETS tax explained

From PAUL OATES in Queensland, Australia
Let's  put this into a bit of perspective for  laymen!
ETS is another tax. It is equal to  putting up the GST to 12.5% which would be  unacceptable and produce an outcry.
Read the following analogy and you  will realize the insignificance of carbon dioxide  as a weather controller.
Pass on to all in your address book  including politicians and may be they will listen to  their constituents, rather than vested interests which stand to gain by the  ETS.
Here's a practical way to understand  Mr. Rudd's Carbon Pollution Reduction  Scheme.
Imagine 1 kilometre  of atmosphere  and we want to get rid of the carbon pollution in it created  by human activity.  Let's go for a walk along  it.
The first 770 metres are  Nitrogen.
The next 210 metres are  Oxygen.
That's 980 metres of the 1  kilometre.  20 metres to go.
The next 10 metres are water  vapour.  10 metres left.
9 metres are argon.   Just  1 more metre.
A few gases make up the first bit of  that last metre.
The last 38 centimetres of the  kilometre - that's carbon dioxide.  A bit over one  foot.
 97% of that is produced by  Mother Nature.  It's natural.
Out of our journey of one kilometre,  there are just 12 millimetres left.
Just over a  centimetre - about half an inch.
That's the amount of carbon dioxide  that global human activity puts into the  atmosphere.
And of those 12 millimetres  Australia puts in .18 of a millimetre.
Less than the thickness of a  hair.  Out of a kilometre!
As a hair is to a kilometre - so is  Australia's contribution to what Mr. Rudd calls Carbon  Pollution.
Imagine Brisbane's new Gateway  Bridge, ready to be opened by Mr. Rudd.
It's been  polished, painted and scrubbed by an army of workers till  its 1 kilometre length is surgically clean.  Except that Mr. Rudd says we have a huge problem, the bridge is polluted - there's a human hair  on the roadway.
We'd laugh ourselves  silly.
There are plenty of real pollution  problems to worry about.
It's hard to imagine that  Australia's contribution to carbon dioxide in the world's  atmosphere is one of the more pressing ones.  And I  can't believe that a new tax on everything is the only way  to blow that pesky hair away.
Pass this on quickly while the  ETS is being debated in Federal Parliament.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous6:17 PM

    Call that the ETS explained?

    This is the ETS Explained: