Cheeseburgers and Guns. Climate change and pricing carbon
- By Darin Sullivan
“…let’s not react to the those people who spend their lives bleating about how poor they are, all the while paying $100/w for smokes and $150/w on grog, who all have ipods, new cars and new golf clubs. The same people that jump on shock jock radio and spew venom along with the pied pipers that fuel these freak shows, joining the chorus of those calling for civil uprisings, screaming at those commie socialists daring to threaten their right to cheeseburgers and guns. Give me a break.”
I’m a simple man….. I’ve looked at both sides of the climate change argument for a long time, and this is the way I see it.
I don’t believe the skeptics. I don’t believe those that use politics to take the easy, hysterical, popular road.
I believe climate change threatens the future of my country and the world I live in. I believe that the science on this is in, that science proves that mankind is in the process ruining this planet. I believe climate change threatens the working lives and living conditions of everyone on this planet. After looking at both sides of the argument, this is my view.
It’s easy to ignore our effects on this planet. To believe we are having a serious negative impact is scary. To do nothing is much easier. To actually make change is difficult.
Like anything that is hard, and requires change, we can only take responsibility for ourselves. Even if by doing the right thing makes no difference until others around the world make the necessary changes, doing nothing is not an option.
I respect people in this world that step up and have a go, and do what they think is right, even if it is unpopular, even if it is difficult. I respect people in the political world who will stand up and do what we elect them to do, not to do what is popular even if it is wrong.
In Australia, the ALP could not have been any more open about the fact that they want, and indeed intended to have, a carbon trading scheme. The current scheme in Australia (2012) is a step towards that. The fact that the Australian Government have to deal with the minor parties in a hung parliament is a reality, and the fact that they need to make concessions to do that is also a necessity. Is that going back on a promise? – I don’t care. I want them to do the right thing, and I am hoping this is the road to get there.
Will paying more for electricity, and paying more for the energy I use hurt me financially? Yes it will. Does that make it wrong? No. It will change my behaviors, and I can tell you, I probably need that. I think everyone around me falls into that category. Australians are the biggest polluters per capita in the developed world. What gives us that right? It’s reprehensible and begs the question as to why we shouldn’t be changing our ways. If I need to pay my way to do the right thing, I’m happy with that.
We are a rich country by comparison to our neighbors. I think we need to start acting like mature members of the community, instead of whining like sooks everytime our Govt makes decisions which threaten our TV and computer use.
When petrol goes up, we all cry foul because we really need our car to drive on the freeway, right next to that other person in the car on the same freeway, going to the same place, who also has one person in the car.
And those that are doing it genuinely tough, who will be really affected by price hikes, they should be compensated, fair enough – full support. These are the people that need looking after, and dialogue rightfully exists around those questions.
But please let’s not react to the those people who spend their lives bleating about how poor they are, all the while paying $100/w for smokes and $150/w on grog, who all have ipods, new cars and new golf clubs. The same people that jump on shock jock radio and spew venom along with the pied pipers that fuel these freak shows, joining the chorus of those calling for civil uprisings, screaming at those commie socialists daring to threaten their right to cheeseburgers and guns. Give me a break.
I’m all for fighting to improve the wages and conditions of not only firefighters, but for all Australians. But sometimes we need to stop complaining about taking responsibility as citizens of this planet, and accept that we may have to pay for the actions of our existence, and indeed our technological advances, over the last few hundred years, and that this may actually further our interests and the interests of our families.
The science is in. It is obvious we must act. That’s how I see it.
My Union, the FBEU, discussing climate change and ‘mega fires’ on FBEUtube (YouTube):