Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Fix the Budget by Cutting Climate Waste

by Viv Forbes
The Carbon Sense Coalition today called on the federal government to reduce the burden of the Climate Industry on all taxpayers and consumers. 
PhotoThe Chairman of Carbon Sense, Mr Viv Forbes, said that the biggest national scandal today was how the whole government apparatus, including the nationalised research and media industries and parts of the opposition, was totally captive to a religious belief that a destructive war on carbon energy will somehow provide benefits to some future generation of Australians by cooling the climate and preventing extreme weather events.  
“This is a delusion.” 
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It was the great Milton Friedman who said “There is only one tax on the people and that is government spending”.
 
Cutting expenditure, not re-arranging expenditure, must be the total focus of this budget. 
Cartoon by Paul Zanetti
 
 
 
And the first candidate for spending cuts must be the totally useless Climate Change Industry. 
Every department, program, research grant, travel grant or salary with climate, warming, carbon, sustainability, renewable, sequestration, clean coal, ethanol or IPCC in its title or mission statement should be abolished forthwith together with its staffing. This list must include but not be restricted to: 
  • The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) and its dependants, saving about $3.2 billion.
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  • The Clean Energy Finance Corporation, saving about $10 billion. 
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  • The Emerging Renewables Program, saving about $126 million. 
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  • The Clean Technology Innovation Program, saving about $200 million. 
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  • Subsidies to Coal-fired electricity generators, saving about $5.5 billion. (This has to be the ultimate madness - the government levies a crippling carbon tax on coal-fired electricity generation to force them to close and then pays huge subsidies to the same generators to delay their closure). 
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  • All Climate Change “Research” focussed on carbon dioxide, saving about $300 million. 
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  • “Contracts for Closure” - payments to ensure closure of some electricity generators (unbelievable - surely the carbon tax will do this). 
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  • The Coal Sector Jobs Package - payments to coal mines to offset the cost of the carbon tax- just abolish the tax.
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  • Coal Sector Assistance Package - Subsidies to some Coal Mines (another stupidity - repaying some of the carbon tax they took in the first place). 
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  • Everything funded under the Clean Energy Future Plan 
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  • All renewable energy subsidies. 
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  • The Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund. 
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  • The Ethanol Production Grants Program – a subsidy per litre of ethanol produced. 
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  • All climate change officials, lawyers, inspectors and auditors everywhere, maybe 13,000 of them saving, say, $2 billion per year. 
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  • The offices of the Climate Commissioner and the Clean Energy Regulator – whatever they cost is wasted money. 
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  • The whole Carbon Capture and Storage empire – The National Low Emissions Coal Initiative, the CCS Flagships Program, the National Carbon Dioxide Infrastructure Plan, and the Carbon Capture and Storage Institute. 
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  • Support for all the International Climate Forums and Conferences via APEC, CEM, G20, IEA, IEF, IPEEC, IRENA, IPCC and all the travel costs associated with attendance. 
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  • All handouts under the Green Precincts Fund - $15M spent to date. 
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  • All government advertising, market research, media monitoring, media advisers and logo designers promoting the carbon tax, the Department of Climate Change, smart meters or other climate and green energy initiatives. 
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  • Donations to Green Friends such as the Climate Institute, the Australian Conservation Council, Climate Works Australia, Green Cross Australia, and the ACTU - $3 million spent already. 
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  • To “balance” all of these reduced expenditures the government must also abolish the carbon tax and all fuel taxes not related directly to public road usage and applied to road construction and maintenance. 
Note: The above list probably includes errors, double counting and omissions, but such is the confusion and proliferation of the alphabet soup of what poses as “Climate Policy” that it is doubtful if anyone could prepare an accurate and comprehensive list. The only feasible solution is to start cutting, biggest first. None of them will be missed, except with relief by taxpayers and consumers.
 
 
Viv Forbes,
Chairman, The Carbon Sense Coalition


5 comments:

  1. They did actually make some fairly big cuts in terms of renewable energy funding, carbon capture and storage and tax cuts to offset the carbon tax but her fans in the media (ABC in particular) have glossed over that aspect.

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  2. Well, I think that the soon - to - be - former Opposition (Bring it on!! are going to fix most of that for you, Viv!!
    Cheers al

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  3. 'Climate change' gets the heave-ho in the Budget, an article by Don Aitkin, posted on Friday at the Online Opinion blog site.

    "It seems to me that the green-jobs dream is something you indulge in when everything is going well. When money is tight, however, it is not the first thing on your mind. So what did the Treasurer do? I could find three large items, and all of them look to me like the dumping of 'climate change' as a major interest of the Government

    ....All in all, and without saying so, the Government has pushed 'climate change' off its agenda, and saved a forthcoming Abbott Government a good deal of trouble. Governments don't like to actually abolish programs that they have set up, because to do suggests that one made a mistake in the beginning. The preferred process is first to reduce funding, and then to merge the program into another, with the suggestion that the work will be carried out even more efficiently there."

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  4. Hi Dale, yes that's the point I was making, but it received very little publicity in the MSM.

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