473Labour's Carbon Tax: Uncertain, Bureaucratic
- Sep 20, 2007PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Labour's Carbon Tax: Uncertain, Bureaucratic
"Yesterday the Clark Government announced their cap and trade system
to be imposed upon local producers," says Peter Cresswell,
Libertarianz Environmental Spokesman. "This is a system whereby a
bureaucrat decides who can emit satanic gases and how much they can
emit 'as of right,' after which producers must buy carbon indulgences
from a supposedly developing market of such indulgences."
"The Clark Government figures they need a flagship policy on which to
hang their 'sustainable nation' claptrap, meaning they intend to go
into next year's election on a policy of shackling industry and
raising food, fuel and power prices."
"Sounds like a winner," says Cresswell.
"If - and it's a big IF - you're going to shackle industry in the name
of better weather, then a carbon tax that at least offers some
certainty to producers is better than a system whereby production is
capped by bureaucratic fiat-- and a carbon tax whose rate is linked to
actual global temperatures and that is a substitute for another tax is
"But such economic considerations don't bother a government in
election mode who are blind to anything but electoral advantage --
even if that perceived advantage is based on nothing more
sophisticated than rising prices, a shackled industry and a pipe
dream," Cresswell concludes.
"And you can be damn sure it won't bother John Key and National
either, who if elected wouldn't lift a finger to change a thing."
"It's enough to make you vote Libertarianz!"
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