Wind farm wide

First, it’s really not a tax. It’s an ini­tially fixed price sys­tem that ulti­mately tran­si­tions to a mar­ket mechanism.

Next, despite the protes­ta­tions of the rent seek­ers and the polit­i­cal oppo­nents, it’s far bet­ter to do some­thing than noth­ing in response to anthropogenically-​​caused cli­mate change. No mat­ter how small that response is on a global basis, it’s some­thing. Wait­ing on the other major pol­luters to act is a game not worth playing.

Third, in spite of what some would have us believe, Aus­tralia is by no means the first coun­try to do this. There’s a highly func­tional ETS already at work in Europe and it has emerged from a num­ber of schemes sim­i­lar to what Aus­tralia is only now begin­ning to do.

Fourth, are we respon­si­ble grown-​​ups, or tem­pera­men­tal chil­dren? Despite evi­dence to the con­trary, at acid­labs we choose to believe the for­mer and think we need to take respon­si­bil­ity for our own actions.

Fifth, no mat­ter what you hear oth­er­wise, the net effect of the pric­ing of car­bon in the Aus­tralian econ­omy is, to be hon­est, neg­li­gi­ble. At $9.90 or so per week, we’re cov­ered if we drink a few less cof­fees. Really, you’re hurt­ing? No, you’re not. Take a look at the info­graphic in this post. Click through for a larger ver­sion from The Aus­tralia Insti­tute.

Sixth, shouldn’t we see this as an oppor­tu­nity not a prob­lem? Where are the peo­ple in the busi­ness com­mu­nity call­ing for dra­matic and rev­o­lu­tion­ary inno­va­tion in the energy sec­tor? Why aren’t the energy play­ers, pol­luters and min­ers scram­bling to show who can be the smartest and most inno­v­a­tive rather than bitch­ing and moan­ing about how hard it is? The same goes for the polit­i­cal play­ers; let’s see some of those peo­ple mak­ing a lot of noise about dri­ving inno­va­tion, part­ner­ships and rev­o­lu­tion­ary change to adapt to a changed ecosys­tem. After all, meet­ing our (fairly inad­e­quate) com­mit­ments to car­bon reduc­tion is a bipar­ti­san policy.

So, we’re nail­ing our col­ors firmly to the mast — we’re happy to pay. So much so that we’ve signed on to Busi­nesses for a Clean Econ­omy’s ini­tia­tive sup­port­ing a car­bon price in our economy.

We think your busi­ness should too. Are you pre­pared to be a part of the change?