This post was first published on my personal blog and is part of a series of posts about reasons for why I support the Clean Energy Future package negotiated by the Greens, independents and ALP; read the first post and second post in the series.
The price on pollution is an important step forward. One of the ways it is an important step forward is how it will help move our economy to a lower polluting economy. It’s already happening in other countries with economies that are far larger than ours, and ones that aren’t nearly as stable or ‘robust’ as ours.
Yet the howls of how the economy will be ruined have recently become louder.
The screams of economic terror are getting more blood curdling as major polluters and their political lap-dogs, the Coalition, become more frantic about the price on pollution.The major polluters know that the government’s Clean Energy Future package will mean a change to our economy.
The major polluters also know that the price on pollution, moving to an emissions trading scheme, will force them to change their corporate behaviours and will have to cut their emissions. However what is quite telling is that Coalition Members of Parliament continue to buy and trade shares in mining and energy companies. Indeed, various modeling done by some of the major polluters show that they will have to reduce their emissions to ensure continued access to a growing number of markets that are penalising imports with high emissions attached to those imports.
There already exists billions of dollars of investments in infrastructure in the mining and energy sectors.
But this is not about the existing investment in the ‘pipeline’, this is about the future investment in cleaner energy options and measures to reduce our total emissions. It’s also about developing more sustainable means of producing and distributing energy; the power our first world economies need to continue, and help the third world develop futures to support their countries’ endeavours and aspirations.
Much misinformation has been spread about how jobs will go. Yet if our state governments stopped retreating from renewable energy investment and development the growth in jobs in renewable energy can grow. Investing in renewable energy and transforming our economy will grow jobs. It needs people to transform an economy.
We’ll still need electricians, construction workers, engineers, boiler makers, technicians and raft of other existing jobs to make it all work. There is still going to be a need to service the renewable energy systems and for people to work on more efficient and effective means of producing and distributing renewable energy. It also means that we have opportunities to transform our economy in other ways.
Ultimately though you only need to look at the softening rhetoric from business about the impact of the carbon price. Take today’s article “Carbon pricing spurs business on” in The Age; while it’s clear there are still some underlying concerns business is getting on with preparations for the carbon price and the eventual transition to an emissions trading scheme.
I support the carbon price to help shift from a high polluting economy to a low polluting economy.
I look forward to hearing your reasons for supporting the Clean Energy Future package. Leave your comments below.