Are carbon emissions really "pollution"?
I believe the above
statement is misleading when it characterizes carbon tax as a
form of 'pollution tax,' wherein CO2 emissions are
naturally equated as 'pollution.'
I feel 'pollution'
refers to something that has a direct negative effect on life on
the planet, that slowly poisons humans, animals and plants that
breathe in these substances.
Indeed, in the case of plants, CO2 is their oxygen,
has no harmful effects on living beings.
If there is genuine
concern for living beings,
why has there
been no concerted effort to stem the real air pollution
factories put out, that cause a haze in some major cities
that actually makes it hard to breathe?
2. Does a
carbon tax guarantee a reduction of carbon emissions?
At best, a carbon
utilities, businesses and individuals to reduce consumption
and increase energy efficiency."
I think it would be
more accurate to say that the carbon tax is financial
punishment for people and businesses who want to maintain
their current standard of living.
In most cases, those who can afford the cost of maintaining
their standard of living will simply pay the extra money to do
so, and, as we have seen so far, CO2 emissions will
continue to rise.
The notion that,
"carbon tax also
makes alternative energy more cost-competitive with cheaper,
...is another red
businesses are driven by profit, nothing else.
There is no
chance that the majority of businesses will adopt the
currently available alternative energy sources unless they
are proven to be more cost-effective.
Does this mean that
taxation will increase until companies are essentially forced to
Likely, if those in charge really press for meaningful reduction
of CO2 emissions.
Please note, though,
that this can bring many companies to the breaking point, where
they will have to reduce wages and compromise on working
conditions in order to stay in business and continue to make a
Does this sound like
a solution for the 'benefit of humankind'...?
3. Is the
carbon tax the only solution available?
There are undoubtedly
many alternative solutions, including the large-scale
cultivation of hemp, a proven carbon-sequestering crop which I
We just never hear
about these. They are never promoted by Big Money.
If we pay close attention, we will see that any natural, truly
communal solutions to global warming, actions that have a direct
impact on human well-being, are not even considered by the
authority, let alone studied.
Only the carbon tax
and it's even more sinister partner, the cap and trade system,
are promoted by the authority.
And that's because
there is money to be made for the elite
with these solutions.
does the tax money go?
This is the crux of
There is no promise
that the tax money collected by governments will somehow find
its way to directly benefit the people. And even if there is a
promise, it is unlikely that the promise will be kept.
Few would disagree that government taxation has been uncovered
as a black hole that ultimately enriches
the global elite and the
corporatocracy and only
scraps filter down to the general population.
interests provide money to politicians, and in turn, the
politicians give tax money back to those same powerful
interests in the form of government contracts.
When we support a
carbon tax, we support the maintenance and enrichment of a
5. Does a
carbon tax represent humanity coming together to create a better
future for itself and the planet?
The carbon tax is
founded in the old-world notion that only fear tactics and the
manipulation of individual self-interest can bring about
We will never be able
to 'come together' as a global community if what we are really
supporting is a mechanism that works off of fear and
It is important to distinguish a true grass-roots movement that
comes together spontaneously through individuals who want to
create change for the betterment of the human community.
Currently, these are
movements that not only DON'T get support from
Big Money (because there would
be no return-on-investment), but are often actively THWARTED by
It is clear which movements these are, because participants are
subtly condemned by
the mainstream press.
Yellow Vest movement is an
Wall Street' movement, at least before it got
but praise is heaped on climate activists, gun-control
activists, or people raising money to help Western medicine find
a cure for cancer.
This is because these
movements ultimately support the financial elite's
infrastructure and agenda.