Australians, realizing that their efforts to go green are a waste of time and effort, are starting to see red: Reducing carbon footprint ‘waste of time’
THE millions of well-intentioned Australians turning off light bulbs, installing insulation in their ceilings and solar panels on their roofs, cycling to work or buying low-emission cars are wasting time and money.
Commentators from both sides of the climate debate have criticised the emissions trading scheme proposed by the federal Government as being ineffectual.
Under the scheme, the more individuals save on their emissions the more corporate polluters such as coal stations and aluminium smelters are allowed to emit.
The left-leaning Australia Institute and pro free-market think tanks the Institute of Public Affairs and the Centre for Independent Studies all condemned the ETS this week.
…”We spent all this money and it reduced Australia’s emissions, but once an ETS comes in, other people like us won’t be able to make a difference as other sectors of the economy would just increase their emissions by the same amount as individuals reduce theirs. It doesn’t make sense,” she said.
But it made you feel like you were doing something. You’ll have that for a lifetime. Just like America, if President Obama gets his way.
Australia’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme here.