Opinion

'Good news' about carbon tax repeal will be back to bite

AS another week passes, another shocking decision is made in parliament.

I don't expect my personal views to be shared, but repealing the carbon tax is a mistake.

Yes, I've been an environmentalist for many years, but this stems much further than that. I believe we, as humans, should be striving for renewable energies.

It's the next logical step in evolution, in my mind.

The carbon tax may not have been the most effective way of getting there, but a financial hurdle provides a very convenient excuse to speed things up.

On the other hand, I can see why many Gladstone residents would be against a carbon tax.

As investors continue to shy away from coal-fuelled energy, it puts the livelihood of our town at risk.

Without a carbon tax, coal continues to stand a chance.

So, as the Senate discarded some of the last remaining remnants of Julia Gillard's reign in parliament, so too are the hopes for an environmentally conscious governance gone.

Good news locals, coal will remain the source of much of our energy and exporting pride for years to come.

However, with every new passage dredged in the water, or every tonne of emissions disposed of into our air, the good news suddenly becomes a little rancid.

Maybe not rancid, but almost like the sour taste left in your mouth after a glass of old orange juice.

Because, whether we like to admit it or not, the time will come when we realise we can't look to anything other than renewables.

Australia has no federal science cabinet, meaning the effects of climate change cannot be verified.

In fact, we have a Prime Minister who wishes to sweep the issue of climate change entirely under the rug.

We are one of the only countries in the world to not have a policy in place to combat the long term effects of industrialisation.

And yet, here we are, in arguably the industrial capital of Australia.

It doesn't make me feel comfortable, not at all.

Topics:  carbon tax ebony battersby environment opinion



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