Carbon Tax

A massive tax on NZ and the Greens reckon each household will save a measly $319p.a.

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The Green party is going into this election proposing a carbon tax…the exact same thing that cost Julia Gillard her job.

They even burned up quite a few carbon miles shipping in Lucy Lawless to say inane stuff like this:

Lawless flew down from her home in Auckland this morning to hear the speech.

She was given details of the policy days ago, but admitted she doesn’t understand the details.

“But I think it’s very energising. It’s a great relief to me that someone is taking some leadership towards mitigating the effects of climate change,” she said.

“I think fair has got to be fair.”

She admitted she flew down at the last minute but doesn’t fly “frivolously.”

She came as “a mother” but is not a party member. Lawless wouldn’t say if she will play a role in the election campaign.

“Somebody has got to say these hard truths and the Green Party is doing it.”

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Green Party’s new flagship policy: a new tax

Because that’s what voters love – new taxes!

Co-leader Russel Norman wants to scrap the current carbon pricing system – the Emissions Trading Scheme.

In its place would be a tax of $25 per tonne of carbon on industry polluters.

Norman told around 200 delegates at the party’s Upper?Hutt?conference that in Government, the Greens would aim for carbon neutrality by 2050.

The Greens are also proposing a Climate Change Commissioner, costing about $2 million. This will be funded by administration savings from scrapping the ETS.

New?Zealand, once a world leader in climate change reduction, is now on track to be ”the worst performing developing country,” he said.

Really? ? The Greens never let facts get in the way of anything, do they. Read more »

Is Labour looking at taxing polluters to pay for tax cuts for everyone else?

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It would seem so, their polling company, the multinational UMR, is asking people some very leading questions.

Our tipster says:

Hi Cam,

I occasionally get sent invitations from UMR to fill out online surveys. I thought maybe some of your readers would be interested in some of the questions they have been asking recently. Could the ?carbon tax on polluters? be Labour?s next big election bribe?

I also find it rather amusing how loaded some of the questions are. Are they trying to influence my vote through their surveys?

How likely are you to support a carbon tax on polluters with the money raised by the tax returned to all New Zealanders by making up to $10,000 of your earnings tax free?

If a political party proposed a personal tax cut funded by a charge on climate polluters, what impact would that have on your vote?

o???Much more likely to vote for that party
o???A little more likely to vote for that party
o???No difference
o???A little less likely to vote for that party
o???Much less likely to vote for that party

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Labour parties are the same the world over

The headline is scarily similar to what happened here in NZ.

Labour the world over booby traps the economy of their victim countries.

When Joe Hockey was growing up and dreaming of becoming prime minister, he would not have imagined that his dream would lead him to joining a bomb disposal unit. Tomorrow, he will unveil the first bomb he must dismantle and it is almost nuclear in its capacity for destruction.

At 12.30 on Tuesday, Hockey, who has also been the stand-out thespian of the new federal parliament, will unveil the real horror, dysfunction and narcissism of Kevin Rudd’s contribution to Australian political history, disably assisted by Julia Gillard. Hockey will release the mid-year economic and fiscal outlook, known in the trade as MYEFO, which will show a budget deficit much worse than Labor led us to believe, probably close to $50 billion, debt obligations much higher than Labor led us to believe, and unfunded liabilities that are so irresponsibly crushing the government will have to walk away from many of them. The most monumental folly is the National Broadband Network, whose economic rationale was worked out on a piece of paper by Rudd. The scheme subsequently created by former communications minister Stephen Conroy would cost more than $70 billion and never recover its cost of capital. The Abbott government will have to start again.? Read more »

Thursday nightCap

“Socialism masquerading as environmentalism.”

Tony Abbott has come good, honouring an election pledge. Today the bill to repeal the carbon tax gets introduced to parliament.

On top of that they shelving all taxation or contributions to anything remotely connected with climate change.

Australia’s cabinet has decided it will reject new contributions or taxes related to climate change at this week’s annual United Nations global summit on climate change in Warsaw, calling the measures “socialism masquerading as environmentalism.” ? Read more »

No one bludges more than green energy projects

Just goes to show that these new green energy projects are nothing but corporate welfare writ large and they are nothing more than bludging ratbags.

Environmentalists frequently imply global warming is causing an increase in the frequency and intensity of weather events like Sandy. Yet, a 2011 Reason Foundation study found that the world?s death rate from extreme weather events was lower from 2000 to 2010 than it was been in any decade since 1900.

Deaths caused by extreme weather events peaked in the 1920s, when there were 241 deaths a year per million people in the world. But from 2000 to 2010 there were just 5.4 deaths a year per million people, a 98 percent decline in the weather-related death rate.

Furthermore, Dr. Indur M. Goklany, author of the Reason report and science policy analysts for the United States Department of the Interior, found ?deaths and death rates from droughts? today are ?99.9% lower than in the 1920s.?

Nevertheless, President Obama says we need to act now by promoting green energy and targeting ?big oil? companies. ? Read more »

Sledge of the Day

Tony Abbott gives it to Kevin Rudd, hard.

Mr Abbott said Mr Rudd hadn’t really terminated the carbon tax and had instead admitted it was hurting business and families.

‘He’s not the terminator, he’s the exaggerator,’ he said.

‘The only way to get rid of the carbon tax is to get rid of the government.’ ? Read more »

Tony Abbott talks about the ETS, are you listening John?

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Tony Abbott comes good and slams Kevin Rudd’s conversion to an ETS.

The Government has confirmed it wants to move from a fixed carbon price of $24.15 a tonne to a floating price of about $6 by July 2014, a year earlier than planned.

It is a political fix designed to neutralise the poisonous carbon tax issue, but it has created a new budget problem and sparked a war of words.

Today Mr Abbott was asked to explain why he objects to the Government’s scheme, when the Coalition has previously backed the idea of a market-led solution to greenhouse gas emissions.

“This is not a true market. Just ask yourself what an emissions trading scheme is all about,” he told reporters.

“It’s a so-called market in the non-delivery of an invisible substance to no-one.? Read more »

Rudd backs away from carbon tax

Kevin Rudd has seen the political reality and is moving to change Australia’s carbon tax into an ETS. It isn’t a complete back down but it is a start.

KEVIN Rudd will announce plans to scrap the carbon tax within days as he clears the decks for an election.

The decision could slash electricity bills by up to $150 a year for families spending $2000 annually, assuming a floating price for carbon emissions as low as $6 per tonne.

Federal cabinet has agreed to fast-track the planned introduction of an emissions trading scheme to July 1, 2014.

In an attempt to neutralise Tony Abbott’s anti-carbon tax crusade, the Prime Minister will announce the plan to “ease cost of living pressures for families”.

Australia had previously planned to move from the current fixed-price carbon tax on the biggest polluters – much of which is passed on to consumers through higher utility prices – to an emissions trading scheme, where the price is determined by the market, by July 2015.

The planned shift from a fixed to a floating price threatens to blow a massive hole in the federal budget, costing billions of dollars a year.

The government will claim the shift is “revenue neutral”, with tough spending cuts to offset reduced revenue. ? Read more »

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