AKA: The great carbon tax swindle!
Something very strange is happening on our streets here in Australia. But first, let’s go back in time, over 20 years back, to 1990.
Maggie Thatcher was in charge of my old country, England. She introduced a ridiculous tax, called the Poll Tax. People took to the streets to protest against this tax which, ultimately, led to its demise.
Back now to 2011, this time in my new country, Australia. Julia Gillard is in charge, and she wants to introduce a ridiculous tax called the carbon tax. And the people have taken to the streets to protest FOR the tax!
Can you imagine?
“We want more tax! We want more tax! We want more tax!”
No, I’m not making it up! But unfortunately, the Australian Network News article about this has now been taken down, so I can no longer link to it. Trust me, it happened.
In some ways I can’t blame them, we have had a lot of strange weather here in Australia lately. Maybe that is proof enough for them that climate change exists, but surely the real debate is what causes it?
It is hugely coincidental that I have chosen today to write this post, because today, apparently, is hug a climate scientist day.
- About 15 years ago, I remember watching a documentary in which scientists discovered that the Gulfstream was slowing down/reversing or something and that this would result in the UK and Europe becoming as cold and icy as Greenland. This would tilt the balance of the world so badly that a critical mass would be reached and we would rapidly enter into an ice age.
- That argument disappeared when scientists seemed to change their minds and started talking about “global warming”.
- Today, scientists refer to it as “climate change”. Good plan! That way, they can’t get it wrong. Of course there is climate change! The climate is always changing.
If I could hug one scientist, I’d choose Professor Tim Flannery. In 2007, Flannery predicted cities such as Brisbane would never again have dam-filling rains, as global warming had caused “a 20 per cent decrease in rainfall in some areas” and made the soil too hot, “so even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and river systems ….”
Great tip! Thanks for that mate. I think you need a hug.
His reward for getting it so wrong? Today he is part-time (at $180,000 a year) chairman of the Government’s new Climate Commission. Read more about his weather predictions here.
Yes, it is worrying, isn’t it?
An Inconvenient Truth
There are a couple of films about global warming that I want to talk about. The first is Al Gores “An Inconvenient Truth“. This is the film that made him so much money, he could buy a $9 million house! You can read about that here.
Nice pad huh? I bet that doesn’t use too much carbon!
His film grossed over $23 million, but it was full of lots of untruths. That’s why he lost his court case in the UK. Mr Justice Burton identified nine significant errors which he said were wrong and had arisen in “the context of alarmism and exaggeration”. You can read about that here.
The reality about the Earth’s climate
It is an indisputable fact that the world’s climate is changing. I’m happy to agree with anyone that climate change is a reality. But what is in dispute is why?
I think it’s just the natural rhythm of the Earth and the Sun with all its hotspots. We didn’t cause ice age, did we? We weren’t here. And we are not causing what’s happening now and any reduction in our carbon emissions is all a complete waste of time. The Earth will do what the Earth will do and there is nothing we can do about it.
But don’t take my word for it…..
The Great Global Warming Swindle
This is the other film about global warming that I want to talk about. This is the one that didn’t lose a court case or earn $23 million at the box office. This one is available for free on YouTube. This one isn’t promoted by Al Gore zipping from state to state or country to country in a private jet.
For any of you who haven’t seen it, this one IS the truth. I first saw it about four or five years ago, before I left England. I’m not sure if it has ever aired here in Australia. It’s easily the longest video I’ve ever posted, but it is well worth the time invested. If you don’t have time now, come back later. It’s too important a documentary to just skip it.
So grab a cup of tea, or better still, a tinnie from the fridge and watch it. Then decide whether the carbon tax is a good idea for Australia or whether you are being duped.