Carbon Trading is one of these things that economists love because it looks so clean and simple on the pages of a textbook. But in the real world it’s very hard to make it work like it should. If it’s not set up right, if it’s not policed right, then it can be worse than useless. The big companies get to pollute more AND charge us more, and the pollies get to tell us they’re fixing the greenhouse problem.
The government sets it up and polices it, big business buys carbon credits, and they both tell us they’re fixing the greenhouse problem but we’ll have to pay more for everything. Why should we trust them? I mean, we have got no way of knowing because we have to rely on the government to actually tell us how much CO2 has been reduced. The only “proof” we have that greenhouse emissions have been reduced is that everything gets more expensive! Carbon dioxide has no taste, no smell, you can’t see it and it’s mostly emitted a long way from where people live.
The problem with carbon trading is that it puts all the power and knowledge about how to reduce emissions into the hands of bureaucrats and big companies. They are asking us to trust them to reduce greenhouse gases, without giving us any proof back that they are actually doing it except increased prices. We know they can increase prices already for no reason, we don’t need another demonstration!
What I wasn’t to do is a community based solution for the ACT’s emissions, in which we give people real alternatives instead of just punishing them with higher prices for food and fuel. A scheme should give everyone direct ownership for reducing their emissions, by making it easy for them to make lifestyle decisions to produce less emissions. We keep getting told that this is a global problem for the whole of humanity; if that’s the case we need a scheme where we can all help, and not get screwed by businessmen. My scheme would actually put responsibility for climate change into everyone’s hands, instead of just talking about it.
1. Help to commercialise some of the great local technologies for low emission power generation, like the Lloyd Energy Systems solar storage system in Cooma, or the ANU “Big Dish” solar concentrator.
2. Build a high quality public transport system for Canberra, that Canberrans will want to use instead of their cars.
3. Help businesses and homeowners to reduce emissions through technical support to change habits and fit energy efficient technologies.