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Protest sky writing over Canberra

By johnboy - 23 March 2011 75

No tax

Kevin has sent in this picture of a skywriting effort with the following note:

Seen from tuggeranong today. Upside down and assailed by wind, the “no tax” was gone by the tine they wrote “Julia”

What was the carbon footprint of this joke?

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Protest sky writing over Canberra
Bosworth 4:04 pm 23 Mar 11

EvanJames said :

Bosworth said :

I was at the protest at parl house today.

Attending the protest, or doing Boot Camp on the grassy roof?!

This quickly-arranged protest was clearly a put-up job, rent a crowd bussed in by a motivated party.

I walked past to have a look. I disagree with the organisers.

agree re: astroturfing.

chewy14 4:04 pm 23 Mar 11

Jim Jones said :

Ah, the “I don’t believe in science” protest.

Bet that was a barrel of laughs.

Probably as funny as the usual “I don’t believe in personal hygiene” protests that usually occur.

dtc 3:50 pm 23 Mar 11

daddy said :

If it is that much of a problem then legislate the reduction. Taxing will simply move the emissions around the world rather than reduce the total amount. Cigarettes are highly taxed, people still smoke. Asbestos was legislated out of use and now is gone.

All pollution is ‘taxed’, but indirectly, by ‘legislating the reduction’ ie we have legislated a reduction in lead emissions from cars, which resulted in the need to have catalytic converters or some other engine modification, plus fuel modification. It wasnt a ‘tax’ as such, but it increased the price of cars and petrol by making it more expensive to produce a car that complied with the legislation.

Exactly the same thing has occurred with virtually every other pollutant that at some stage might have been released – we have required the user to install mechanisms to prevent the release (or required certain types of disposal). This increased the cost to the polluter – no longer could the arsenic simply be dumped into a nearby river but an expensive and safe disposal method is required. This increases the cost of the product using arsenic, which results in a higher price to the consumer. And competing produces that didn’t require as much arsenic, or no arsenic at all, became comparatively cheaper.

Substitute ‘carbon’ for ‘arsenic’ and you get the same result; its just that legislating away carbon production is impracticable, so imposing a tax on it is a better method.

Just because these legslative protections are not called ‘taxes’ doesn’t mean they haven’t increased the price of the good in exactly the same way that a tax would. So your argument is a little bit weak.

Erg0 3:34 pm 23 Mar 11

I believe 3000 is the organisers’ estimate, so the real number is likely somewhere south of that. Didn’t see it myself, so I couldn’t guess how far south.

daddy said :

Cigarettes are highly taxed, people still smoke. Asbestos was legislated out of use and now is gone.

Quite right, smoking rates haven’t dropped at all since the government started taxing cigarettes.

Wait…

aronde 3:25 pm 23 Mar 11

Bosworth said :

I was at the protest at parl house today.

Maybe 200 atendees…

The news reports I saw this afternoon were saying 3000??

daddy 3:24 pm 23 Mar 11

Bosworth said :

I was at the protest at parl house today.

A LOT of old people. average age 50 – 60.

Abbott and Truss spoke – they revved up the crowd in to an emotional frenzy.

Maybe 200 atendees. Lots of protest signs hating on “JooLIAR”. It looked a lot like the US Tea Party.

I felt sorry for the attendees, who have been tricked in to acting against their personal interest.

I was there as well. I’m younger that 50 and so were a lot of other attendees. Many more that 200 as well. I saw people there from all walks as well, from tradies in their high vis gear to full suits with Gov Dept tags.

I was acting in the interest of myself and my family. I really can’t see how this tax will actually change the climate at all yet I can see how it can do major damage to the economy. By all means act to respond to the challenges of the climate but let those actions make sense and be productive.

If it is that much of a problem then legislate the reduction. Taxing will simply move the emissions around the world rather than reduce the total amount. Cigarettes are highly taxed, people still smoke. Asbestos was legislated out of use and now is gone.

p1 3:21 pm 23 Mar 11

Holden Caulfield said :

I like the “No Carbon Tax” t-shirts, with the byline that reads something like “Climate Change has become a religion”. Something tells me the same people would think their own religion is okay, but everyone else’s is crap, haha.

It is interesting that in this case they seem to be saying that a religion is a bad, evil thing which is bad for the economy? At least we can agree on that.

Erg0 3:17 pm 23 Mar 11

I hear Tony Abbott got a big laugh with a bible quote. That sums it the whole thing up pretty well, I think.

Holden Caulfield 3:04 pm 23 Mar 11

I like the “No Carbon Tax” t-shirts, with the byline that reads something like “Climate Change has become a religion”. Something tells me the same people would think their own religion is okay, but everyone else’s is crap, haha.

EvanJames 3:02 pm 23 Mar 11

Bosworth said :

I was at the protest at parl house today.

Attending the protest, or doing Boot Camp on the grassy roof?!

This quickly-arranged protest was clearly a put-up job, rent a crowd bussed in by a motivated party.

Bosworth 2:50 pm 23 Mar 11

I was at the protest at parl house today.

A LOT of old people. average age 50 – 60.

Abbott and Truss spoke – they revved up the crowd in to an emotional frenzy.

Maybe 200 atendees. Lots of protest signs hating on “JooLIAR”. It looked a lot like the US Tea Party.

I felt sorry for the attendees, who have been tricked in to acting against their personal interest.

Jim Jones 2:50 pm 23 Mar 11

Ah, the “I don’t believe in science” protest.

Bet that was a barrel of laughs.

squirell 2:42 pm 23 Mar 11

It was pretty clear from Barton.
‘Julia’ being spelt ‘Juliar’

johnboy 2:29 pm 23 Mar 11

The protest at parliament house was today.

Mr Intercourse 2:19 pm 23 Mar 11

Why today? Its way too windy for sky writing fail

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