The Cost of Carbon.
Barely a day goes by without noisy climate change advocates promoting some new ‘evidence’ that the Evil Carbon is destroying our planet; declaring the best solution is to tax businesses more; whip them into submission; and enforce a new clean, green world where we all live cooler and longer, with requisite high-fives and back-slapping.
Coincidently, barely a day goes by without further evidence of significant Australian job losses, in part allied to these new tax imposts.
There are without question some evidentiary instances of ‘warming;’ hard evidence supports some of these assumptions.
But the credibility of some proponents is dodgy at best, unquestionably casting suspicion on their theories and motives.
These same politically based zealots have, however, left their mark on the Australian landscape in recent years.
For example, the rapidly escalating cost of doing business in this ‘clean, green’ Australia, with all of the associated compliance based mumbo-jumbo is providing productivity impairments not seen for decades.
And, naturally, tens of thousands of Australian jobs are being rendered unworkable and unsustainable in this brave new, idealistic world.
Of course, we cannot reflect on these issues without considering the fact that many of the purist, true-blue zealots that wrought this economic destruction rarely, themselves, hold a job that is under any threat.
Yes, Australia does need to improve our environmental performance.
Yes, we do need to minimize carbon emissions.
Yes, we do need to get smarter about business per sé.
But many industries, notably the transport sector, are already way ahead of the curve in this space with dramatically reduced emissions levels; a fact overlooked by many political and environmental ideologues.
It is good business sense to be environmentally sound; business can, and should, take every practical measure to improve its environmental performance; because it’s not just the ‘right thing to do’ it’s the ‘right way to do business.‘
Massive improvements are doable, with the right mindset, and some willingness to change the way we operate our businesses; without the impractical interference of rabid, ideological elements whose goal is to feel-good, not necessarily be-good.
Perhaps then we can stem the tide of recurrent job losses in Australia.
Or is that their political goal…
Author Neil Findlay
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