Carbon tax will help Australia get serious about fighting the Global Emergency that is global warming. Knowing that runaway climate change is inevitable if we don't cut carbon emissions by 80%, the Australian people and their brave Prime Minister are leading the world.
“Most Australians now agree our climate is changing,” says Prime Minister Gillard in Australia. “This is caused by carbon pollution. This has harmful effects on our environment and on the economy. And the government should act.”
Starting July 1 next year, the Australian government will put a price of $23 per tonne on carbon for their largest emitters, close to the price British Columbia has put on carbon. Ms. Gillard says “The avalanche of science tells us our climate is changing. The science is in. We know that out planet is warming. We know that warming is changing our climate.”
Implementing the right policies is the only way to prevent runaway global warming that is predicted by 2020 if things don't change soon. With only nine years left, enacting the right policies soon, gives us the chance to resolve both the climate problem and our economic roller coaster driven by oil prices. Renewable energy, combined with the latest efficiency options (like LED lighting) and existing energy storage options (like solar thermal power plants, lead acid batteries which are essentially 100% recyclable, and large scale deployment of lithium ion batteries in cars) make solar directly or in the form of wind, wave, and geothermal easily enough for all our needs. Ultimately the cost savings and economic benefits will create a better, more equitable world for all of us. The only remaining question is will we act, all of us, quickly enough?
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