I’m looking forward to a price on carbon. I think believing all the disingenuous chicken little twaddle put out by the least useful bits of capitalism is like believing the phone company spruiker. People tell you all sorts of lies to sell you stuff. It’s like listening to the tobacco companies or asbestos manufacturers.
I have been lusting after this fridge for years, but I can’t afford it. With higher electricity prices, very efficient fridges will become much more popular, and the price of models like this will come down to where we can all afford it.
Cheaper energy efficient goods and appliances, which will reduce your total energy bill, even at higher prices, and the money collected from the tax given to you to help you buy them. What’s not to like?
That’s essentially what the price on carbon is going to deliver, in all sorts of areas. The technology is available for much more energy efficient TVs, computers, fridges, cooking appliances, washing machines, heaters – even for commercial equipment like coolrooms and bread ovens – but up till now the money has been in selling coal, not saving it.
The price signal will also work to make locally grown food and locally produced goods, that don’t have huge transport costs factored in, more competitive with Chinese imports. It will make the northern hemisphere cherries currently being sold in supermarkets more expensive, but while Coles might not like that, it’s a bonus for producers of local custard apples and strawberries.
It will allow entrepreneurs and inventors with great ideas for living well in a low carbon economy to compete with the vested interests that just want to keep pumping out the pollution and have someone else pay the cost. It tilts the playing field up towards the future.
Bring on a Carbon Price!