Monday, March 07, 2011

Why we need a carbon tax, by the Coalition's environment spokesman


In 1990 Greg Hunt co-authored a university thesis entitled A Tax to Make the Polluter Pay.

His conclusion:

"Ultimately it is by harnessing the natural economic forces which drive society that the pollution tax offers us an opportunity to exert greater control over our environment."

Here it is:

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9 comments:

Roger Wegener said...

Hilarious...

Anonymous said...

'When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?' attributed to John Maynard Keynes

It is obvious the facts have changed.
Fact 1. I have a leader who thinks differently ...
Fact 2. I wish to keep my job as ...
Fact 3. I have more evidence which supports my new position ...

DMW

Anonymous said...

Well done for finding and publishing this Peter. The hypocrosy from Mr Hunt is breathtaking!

johng said...

Since it's such a poorly set out paper maybe he can't remember what the argument was!

The Lorax said...

Read about Hunts thesis many times but this is first time I've actually seen it.

He must be horribly conflicted inside. He's a bit of an emailer Greg, so shoot him an email and ask him what he really thinks about carbon pricing.

V said...

Agreed you should tax real pollution, but when CO2 makes up 0.04% of the atmosphere and is vital for plant life as we know, is it really a pollutant?

Anonymous said...

V, it's hardly worth responding to this meme, but almost anything can be a pollutant when there is too much of it - See nitrogen....

Anonymous said...

Martin's is a very dishonest post. By merely opening the thesis you will see that it refers to dioxin, heavy metals and similar pollution such as bliughted Europe and US in the 1980s. Nothing to do with CO2 fakery at all.
A good example of how biased is Peter Martin.

Tipsy McStagger said...

The point is "anonymous" (how brave of you, that Hunt sees no issue with taxing polluters. Should it make any difference whether we're talking about CO2, or heavy metals, or other? of course not. Now back to work at the unnamed Liberal electoral office you go.

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