from Viv Forbes, in response to the proposals for a carbon tax in Australia......
The Carbon Sense Coalition today pointed out today that Australia's proposed carbon tax will favour foreigners at the expense of its own industry.
The Chairman of “Carbon Sense” Mr Viv Forbes said that with the second Kyoto Protocol collapsing, it was unwise of the Gillard government to impose more costs on Australians than our competitors will face.
Coal produces the cheapest electricity in most areas of the world, especially in the modern clean power stations being constructed in Asia and India. Many of these plants will rely on imports of Australian coal and the cheap power they produce will be supplied to Asian manufacturing and processing plants competing with Australian industry.
The aim of the carbon tax is to increase the domestic cost of carbon fuels like coal, oil products and gas. This is would force Australian industry and consumers to use high-cost energy like wind and solar. In industries such as transport, green energy is not feasible and the carbon tax will thus merely add to the cost of fuel.
The Green/ALP carbon tax coalition is therefore asking Australian industry and exporters to use expensive energy whilst supplying cheap energy to its competitors.
6 Jun 11
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