Tim Flannery proposes a mighty carbon tax, heedless of any consequences:
TIM FLANNERY: So the bill that you and I pay might go up 30 per cent which sounds like a lot but when you think about it if you can’t make 30 per cent efficiency gains in your house I don’t know, there’s something wrong … I suppose [electricity bills] could go up another 30 per cent or so.
TONY JONES: Would that affect the economy, though? Because that’s what industry is arguing?
TIM FLANNERY: That’s the great question. We’ll know pretty soon. The price will go up and we’ll see what the impacts will be.
It’s all very well for globe-skipping cash hoover Flannery to demand price increases; when you earn $50,000 per speech, power bill “impacts” are as dust settling on the lunar surface. This new eco-era won’t be much fun for commoners, as Anita Quigley reports:
Environmentalists seem hell-bent on us all staying at home and retreating to the 1950s.
But even then you can’t win, such is the pressure to switch to more energy-efficient (and expensive) fridges, dishwashers, showerheads and washing machines when you already have (affordable) ones that work perfectly well.
God forbid you should want to be warm and clean or actually turn on a light.
Warm, clean, and illuminated? Modern women are so demanding.
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