Fix the Budget by Cutting Climate Waste Media Statement by Viv Forbes, Chairman, The Carbon Sense Coalitio
The Chairman of Carbon Sense, Mr Viv Forbes, said that the biggest national scandal today is how the whole government apparatus, including the "nationalised research and media industries" and parts of the opposition, are totally captive to a religious belief that a destructive war on carbon energy will somehow provide benefits to some future generation by cooling the climate and preventing extreme weather events. [Editor's note: Forbes' article is a fair assessment of the carbon-silly climate environment in the USA today.]
It was the great Milton Friedman who said “There is only one tax on the people and that is government spending”.
Cutting expenditure, not re-arranging expenditure, must be the total focus of this budget.
And the first candidate for spending cuts must be the totally useless Climate Change Industry.
Every department, program, research grant, travel grant or salary with climate, warming, carbon, sustainability, renewable, sequestration, clean coal, ethanol or IPCC in its title or mission statement should be abolished forthwith together with its staffing. This list must include but not be restricted to:
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) and its dependants, saving about $3.2 billion.
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation, saving about $10 billion.
The Emerging Renewables Program, saving about $126 million.
The Clean Technology Innovation Program, saving about $200 million.
Subsidies to Coal-fired electricity generators, saving about $5.5 billion. (This has to be the ultimate madness - the government levies a crippling carbon tax on coal-fired electricity generation to force them to close and then pays huge subsidies to the same generators to delay their closure).
All Climate Change “Research” focussed on carbon dioxide, saving about $300 million.
“Contracts for Closure” - payments to ensure closure of some electricity generators (unbelievable - surely the carbon tax will do this).
The Coal Sector Jobs Package - payments to coal mines to offset the cost of the carbon tax- just abolish the tax.
Coal Sector Assistance Package - Subsidies to some Coal Mines (another stupidity - repaying some of the carbon tax they took in the first place).
Everything funded under the Clean Energy Future Plan.
All renewable energy subsidies.
The Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund.
The Ethanol Production Grants Program – a subsidy per litre of ethanol produced.
All climate change officials, lawyers, inspectors and auditors everywhere, maybe 13,000 of them saving, say, $2 billion per year.
The offices of the Climate Commissioner and the Clean Energy Regulator – whatever they cost is wasted money.
The whole Carbon Capture and Storage empire – The National Low Emissions Coal Initiative, the CCS Flagships Program, the National Carbon Dioxide Infrastructure Plan, and the Carbon Capture and Storage Institute.
Support for all the International Climate Forums and Conferences via APEC, CEM, G20, IEA, IEF, IPEEC, IRENA, IPCC and all the travel costs associated with attendance.
All handouts under the Green Precincts Fund - $15M spent to date.
All government advertising, market research, media monitoring, media advisers and logo designers promoting the carbon tax, the Department of Climate Change, smart meters or other climate and green energy initiatives.
Donations to Green Friends such as the Climate Institute, the Australian Conservation Council, Climate Works Australia, Green Cross Australia, and the ACTU - $3 million spent already.
To “balance” all of these reduced expenditures the government must also abolish the carbon tax and all fuel taxes not related directly to public road usage and applied to road construction and maintenance.
Note: The above list probably includes errors, double counting and omissions, but such is the confusion and proliferation of the alphabet soup of what poses as “Climate Policy” that it is doubtful if anyone could prepare an accurate and comprehensive list. The only feasible solution is to start cutting, biggest first. None of them will be missed, except with relief by taxpayers and consumers.