Posted by: euzoia | December 19, 2008

The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme

The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme and You Interpreted | James5

Rudd released his climate change solution and not everybody’s happy. Greens want higher cuts and less handouts to industry, business says 5% is going to hurt with the Global Financial Crisis and everything.

Below is my snarky take on the first page of the government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme and You booklet, part of the $130 million their planning to spend on convincing us that the scheme is a good thing.

I didn’t actually have the visceral reaction many people did to the PM’s announcement, but do think that if we realistically want to take the lead on climate change and make a difference, we need to go beyond 5%.

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Climate change is a global problem caused by carbon pollution.

Climate change is a global problem, so don’t blame us for not doing anything, especially when no-one else is doing anything either.

The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme will build a low-pollution
economy of the future for Australia.

The CPRS will build a low-pollution economy in the far off, distant, post-election future of Australia.

Under the scheme, Australia’s biggest polluters will pay for the pollution they generate and there will be a limit placed on the number of Australian carbon pollution permits issued each year.

Except for the generous handouts of permits we issued to the heaviest polluters, who are being paid for contributing to climate change in the past.

The sale of permits will raise $11.5 billion for the Australian Government in 2010-11. Every cent will be used to help households and businesses adjust to the scheme.

The $11.5 billion raised from the sale of permits will be used to help offset the cost of the scheme, thereby nullifying any effect on consumption or emissions, as well as serving as any easy bit of middle-class welfare to sure up the votes from ‘working families’.

The scheme will result in changes to a wide range of prices, but the
overall increase in the cost of living will be modest.

Don’t worry, this is all symbolic, nothing will really change. In fact, we’re going to ‘compensate’ you beyond the real rise in prices, so you’ll end up consuming more!

The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme and You outlines the package
of cash assistance, tax offsets and other measures the Government will
provide to help Australian households maintain their standard of living,
while we create a low-pollution future.

Keep reading to see how to get your bit of the pork we’re spreading around. And don’t forget, this isn’t about changing your standard of living or way of life, it’s only 5%.


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