Our head fatcat thinks we are one of the smallest contributor in the developed world and ahead of global targets.
Explanation: Don't say anything that you refuse to act on.
In my opinion yelling and screaming at them won't make a difference.
Explanation: You would know. You have no intention of changing your failure to act ('you' being the collective 'you')
Especially when the implication will put thousands of people out of work and billions of dollars of lost export revenue.
Explanation: Hey, I might lose my job. It pays well. I'm alright. Yes, I'm well schooled, privately. We're ok.
So the next best thing is to force the change by doing it ourselves.
Explanation: The outcomes of people here who (a) Love the tech and do it anyway (b) Love the tech and the good outcome and are doing it and (c) Are taking action in these very slow acting desperate times - Are the people who are running the future of this country while the so-called fat cats are pretending to ride on the coat tails of these action people.
If that means buying an Aptera to do it I'm all for it
Explanation: You probably are interested in interesting new vehicles and what better way to inform and mis-inform
Now: for a list of "I can't do it, I can't fix it, I can't, oh it's too hard (wow, not often you get to say that).
Apparently these are the alternatives:
Alternatively we could have a trial run:
So, no real plans, just some trial runs. They don't go for long
1. increase the fuel excise by 500%
There's nothing we can do about any part of climate change because I just thought that a 500% increase in fuel excise would have to happen. Ridiculous, right? Who could afford that??
2. increase export tariffs on coal by 500%
There's nothing we can do about any part of climate change because - oh hang on, this is the same as the previous example.
3. increase electricity prices by 500%
500% Great figure eh? That will scare them.
3. Ban international air travel unless departing for good
Well researched and reasonable proposition
Lucky I'm not a fatcat
So here, I invite any participants to carefully think about what someone with this train of thought would do best at. Engineer? World Bank? President of the US....
So where should we be headed. The basic premise that Rich makes is what underlies his argument. Our (along with most others, intentionally or not) entire Economy is based on polluting the planet and manually changing the atmospheric conditions to a much more variable and hot-house oriented chemical makeup.
We have to change it. Rich can't see that this is reasonably doable. Rich pretends that there is an alternative, the alternative of "What a lovely day, What are your plans?"
You know you buy tickets to some important event that you can't wait for, or you enter into your activity software an event that is coming, much later, and which you are dreading.
We have to decide which of these is more likely.
Increase fuel excise by 500%. What an argument. Coal's biggest challenge is that it is an end game. Renewables are pushing it out the door, by being cheaper. Our economic system doesn't want this because it is oh so cosy to get the income from where it has always come.
There will always be fuel excise, no matter what fuel you talk about, including solar and renewables. The only challenge for Government, and Rich represents Government arguments, is how difficult it would be to determine what excise is chargeable.
Rich doesn't get it. No increasing export tariffs on coal. No coal. But the thing is that he has a point if this were to happen overnight. And here the waters are muddied because those who refuse to follow this path will refuse to accept any reasonable time frame to move away from coal. Talk about it, talk about it, make sure it never happens.
Ban international travel. A red herring.
These jobs have to change. There are some jobs, really well paid, often not ideal working conditions. There are not as many jobs as they make out, and the future is definitely fewer and fewer jobs, because that's what technology enables. Machines are after your jobs. Machines don't care about coal.
Australia is on the cusp of being able to export hydrogen as a fuel (think excise or tax here) but only if they make the csiro technology into an industry (and replace the coal industry).
Will government do this? Are we meant to survive, or expect the 2nd coming at any time. There would be many jobs in this and we would be world leaders. Would other nations want us to be world leaders in this. Definitely (provided it doesn't affect how those other nations make profits or control the world).
But are we men or are we mice (I'll have to ask my advisor about that, if he's allowed to accompany me). Have I written enough? Probably not.
Edited to make it more readable