Somebody has to ask the following questions:
Is CO2 from petrol any less dangerous than CO2 from coal or gas? If not, why is petrol excluded from this tax?
Is CO2 from the poor any less dangerous than CO2 from the rich? If not, why should the emissions from the poor be subsidised by this tax?
Why are power stations that produce electricity are called a "big polluters" but banks, offices, households and our parliaments that consume this electricity are not?
CO2 is a by-product of industrial activity and the tax on CO2 is a tax on industrial activity pure and simple.
We are told that the tax will encourage the move to cleaner forms of energy but politicians will not let us use any realistic alternative to generate 24/7 base load power! Nuclear is clearly out at least for as long as ALP and Greens are in power and then it takes many years to build a nuke station. Clean coal is a pie in the sky fantasy that may never be realised. Gas is quite expensive and also produces CO2. Wind in solar are intermittent and stupendously expensive.
What are we supposed to do?