Friday, June 10, 2011

It had to happen

It had to happen sooner or later. There I was turtling along in my Taxi taking my customer (client) to his nominated destination when he said it, he asked me the question. So whaddu ya think of this carbon tax thing?

The majority of customers (clients) hop in the cab and just start expressing their opinion one way or the other but never ask 'the question' so I just nod and do my best uh-huhs.

 I though I'd better check if this was what he really wanted or if he was just looking for an opening to soap box like all the others but he said yes so I started to answer the question.

First of all, I said, I haven't a bloody clue if climate change (global warming) is real or not and I have bugger all authority to judge either way anyhow but, just in case they are right then I think it's seems like a pretty good idea.

Then he replied but nobody else has a carbon tax why should we and I replied that someone has to be first and if we are going to be first at something then I'd rather it be this.

Then he suggested that it will be at least ten years before America even looks at some sort carbon adjustment scheme and I thought to myself, Grasshopper you are making this all to easy for me.

And I said this is even more reason for us to get going now so as we can get the ball rolling thereby giving us the moral high ground thereby increasing our ability to influence others to do something similar so we can, metaphorically speaking, circle our wagons around the USof A and say well the rest of the world has cleaned up its act now it your turn.

And then he made it even easier and said that still leaves us with the biggest polluter of them all, China.

To which I replied, and who sells them all that coal to pollute with? Us, all the more reason to get this thing happening.

Please don't shoot me, these are just the thoughts of a low income Taxi driving veggie gardener who believes and hopes that one way or the other someone somehow somewhere will make reasonably informed decisions and come up with something that works for the majority of us all.

Cheers and stepping off my soap box now,


P.S. and if Tony Abbot can make that tree planting thing work then I all for that too.


jillko said...

And if he thinks China is the biggest polluter of them (not yet, but maybe heading that way) then it's because we like buying really cheap electrical appliances and anything else from China instead of manufacturing all those Good Guys products here.

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