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The price of carbon July 23, 2010

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The price of carbon

by Ray Evans
Quadrant Online, July 23, 2010

In recent weeks we have been subjected to the full vigour of the Environmentalist Movement’s demand for a “carbon price” This is their response to the collapse of their ambitions for a world-wide decarbonisation regime which was to have been born at Copenhagen last December, but which was aborted unceremoniously by the Chinese, the Indians, the Brazilians and their third world supporters.

After the failure of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 to ignite similar, successful revolutions in post-war Europe, the Soviet regime abandoned hopes for at least a European wide communist international and opted instead for “Socialism in One Country”. Similarly our contemporary revolutionaries have opted for “salvation in one country”, and their current slogan is “we must have a price for carbon”.

PM Julia Gillard, on 13 July, commenting on this demand said:

I understand there are millions of Australians disappointed that we have not yet been able to put a price on carbon, I am disappointed by that too.

In all of these environmentalist campaigns we must look for the elements of a Baptist-bootlegger coalition which is essential if a campaign of this kind is to “move forward” . (Baptists-bootlegger coalitions were a feature of the Prohibition era in the US. The Baptists provided moral high ground for prohibition, and the bootleggers made huge profits from which they provided slush funds to politicians.)

With the CPRS bill the bootlegger role was filled primarily by the financial sector, where the prospect of making large sums of money by trading what were in effect tax receipts, called “emissions permits”, excited banks, insurance companies and other financial sector players.

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