Carbon Disconnect

5 03 2008

On Monday 3rd of March Australia’s most popular daily newspaper the Herald Sun ran a wonderful illustration of the public’s “desire” to address the challenge of global warming:

On page 20 VoxPop asked five Victorians if Australia should make sacrifices in reducing greenhouse gasses when they won’t have any meaningful impact on global warming?

All five respondents gave emphatic YES!!! We must do our bit for the planet… future generations… social responsibility… blah…blah…blah… That’s a 100% commitment.

On page 21 telephone VoteLine posed another question: Would yo be happy to pay a 10c-a-litre carbon tax on petrol?

92.9% of caller said NO!!!

When it comes to global warming, people are more than willing to recite politically-correct platitudes and support interplanetary big-shot agreements as long as it costs them nothing. Yet when they are asked to pay a lousy 10c per litre of petrol, even the citizens of wealthy Australia aren’t prepared to pay a cent. Politicians beware!

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