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  1. Just a word of warning to anyone bringing their washing machine out here. Bring a spare set of carbon brushes with you. What cost £5 from UKwhitegoods, costs $50 from a local Australian EBay spares appliance place. WTF?:no: It is enough to give you a nose bleed.
  2. http://news.yahoo.com/insight-automakers-race-lose-weight-125246850.html Now if only this were happening in Australia...
  3. vegastomelbourne

    Australia Passes Landmark Carbon Price Laws

    Most definitely not conducive to economic growth in the short term...:arghh::no: Australia Passes Landmark Carbon Price Laws http://www.cnbc.com/id/45200207
  4. ok, I know we've done carbon tax to death and I am a non-believer, but that aside, it's going ahead now so I think we need to understand how it's all going to work. The punch line is that "we're going to tax the big polluters". Sounds good, but what's the nitty gritty of it, how is it going to help to reduce CO2 emissions? Taxing the big polluters - who are they? I'm guessing something like coal power stations or large factories or processing plants. So will taxing them on CO2 make them change their ways and start using solar panels and wind farms? Will they actually be hurt by the tax, act morally and make these changes or just pass on the additional costs to us and continue as normal? If they are taxed, doesn't that give them even less money to use for investing in greener solutions? Who is monitoring the big polluters and making sure they invest their money in green schemes, reduce their emissions and don't just pass on the cost to us? How about the big polutters who are getting off without paying because they bring in too much money for the country (steel industry?). Who are they and how high up on the polluters list are they? In fact, is there a list of companies/industries with emissions on there? What are the government forcast models based on? All these taxed companies being morally just and doing the right thing? Is that what the government is also using to forecast the average Joe public being better off? What are all the taxes raised from this going to do? Will the money be ring fenced only for spending on green projects? Will we see this, will it be transparent to us? Or will it go on other frivolous items? What is carbon emissions trading? I've seen it mentioned that 80% or so of our emissions savings will be through emissions trading? How does that work? Are we really reducing emissions or trading the emissions not reduced by paying for them (with the tax raised through taxing emissions)? As Australia has low emissions compared to a lot of other more densly populated countries and our emissions reductions are going to have a small effect, is the hope that other countries will follow suite and have much high carbon taxes in the future? As the effect of the emissions reduction could be immeasurable and we're relying on the tax being the right thing to do and better than nothing, who's looking at whether the right things are being done ie. green projects are going ahead and taking the place of high emissions energy production/usage? I'm hoping that someone with a lot better understanding of the scheme than I do can explain how it's all going to work please. The TV ads, brochures, radio broadcasts the govenment have been great to give me a high level overview of this great scheme, but the engineer in me wants to know how it's actually going to work!! I know there are many supporters out there, so hopefully plenty of explanations of the scheme too.
  5. Finally, now perhaps we can have something else in the news to read about and perhaps things can settle down. I believe we have to do something to help our world for future generations and hope this is a step in the right direction. A stitch in time saves nine
  6. After driving around mainland Europe for 2 weeks and seeing the efforts our neighbors on the continent have made with Solar water heating, Photo-voltaic panels and wind power I have realised how pathetic the UK's attempts have been, purely lip service:cry:. So it is great to see that Australia's controversial Carbon Tax seems to have already begun to pay dividends. (Maybe the UK can learn from OZ) Australia Gets Ten Times Bigger Solar farm Following Carbon Tax In its first solar investment in Australia, GE Energy and Financial Services has partnered with US thin-film producer First Solar and local state-owned energy firm Verve Energy to build a solar farm ten times larger than any yet built in the country. It will supply electricity for a desalination plant in Western Australia, which has a mandate to use renewable power for all new desalination projects. Australia – resource-cursed by plentiful coal – has seen a sharp uptick in international interest from renewable energy firms following this summer’s passage of carbon legislation by the Gillard government, which now puts a price ($23 per tonne) on CO2 emissions. State legislation helps too. Now, all new desalination plants in Western Australia must use power generated from renewable sources. The Southern Seawater Desalination Plant has contracted to buy 100% of the power from the Greenough River Solar Farm, which will produce energy when it is most needed during the day, and eliminating 25,000 tonnes per year of greenhouse gas emissions. Source: Clean Technicahttp://cleantechnica.com/2011/09/01/australia-gets-ten-times-bigger-solar-farm-following-carbon-tax/
  7. This thread is to find out whether you think you'll be better off with the carbon tax. We've all seen the advertisements that it's the big polluters that will suffer, and just in case they simply pass the costs onto the public (as if they wouldn't), the government is giving needy families tax back to cover the increase in prices. Apparently the average family will be better off. So, a lot of people ask on this forum whether they will be able to manage with X dollars income with Y kids in Z city. I get $70k to support a wife and 2 young kids in Melbourne and although we manage and have some cash in the UK, I can't imagine buying a house unless they halve in price! A lot of people would say $70k is not enough to support a family. So am I better off with carbon tax? ....yes, by $35 a year!! My gas and electric company reacted to the carbon tax 2 days after it was announced, not by telling me how they were going to cut their pollution, but how they were going to pass on the tax to me, by increasing my bills. So you can imagine the $35 was eaten up pretty quick. So why am I not better off when on a borderline sufficient family income? Because they based the average family income on the 2006 Census, when it was $54800. So you will only break even/be better off if your family income is $54800 or less. Good job they didn't wait a few weeks for the 2011 census results. Anyway, back to the original question, will you be better off? 50% of families should be according to the government. Calculator is below; https://www.cleanenergyfuture.gov.au/helping-households/household-assistance-estimator/
  8. Okay Julia has finally announced her plans. What do you think about the Carbon Tax package announced today ?
  9. Guest

    What's this Carbon Tax

    Does anyone please explain me....