Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Climate Debate Hitting New Lows

Australian Council of Trade Unions President Ged Kearney posted about the carbon tax at the Punch this morning:

Climate change is real, and someone must pay

It is a reasoned argument whether you agree with it or not. At last count there were 435 comments. The majority were opposed to her position.

For those who value rationality and genuine debate, and have some degree of altruism, reading these responses would be a deeply depressing experience. Avoid it for your own sanity.

It was easy to identify with cosmic history (08:34am) who said:
Isn’t it weird that pretty much every single comment on here attacks the author? Where is the moderator? Are you checking their email addresses?

Its a bit hard to believe that there is no-one out there with any understanding of how a price on carbon (CO2 and other GHGs) will provide incentives for innovation & efficiencies. Where are people getting their information from? Andrew Bolt and the mining industry?
If only it were a PR conspiracy. Seems we live in parallel universes. Unfortunately they are colliding.


  1. Hi, Kevin
    Yes, it's very disheartening. I read it too and gave up after about 100 comments.
    Cheers, Greg Leon

  2. Greg

    As some consolation I suggest watching Bill McKibben at Power shift 2011. That's my next post.