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Australia announced a staggering 92% cut to their global warming budget. The budget will adjust from $5.75 billion this year to $500 million over the next four years. Environment Minister Greg Hunt promised $2.55 billion for CO2 reductions–however budget discussions with Minister Tony Abbott required that budget a cut to approx. $1.14 billion. “The carbon tax is an act of economic vandalism,” Abbott said in March. Academics and Scientists are expected to emigrate following the mass-elimination of a spectrum of science spread-out across several academic fields.

Robson also found that a year after being enacted, the carbon tax caused electricity prices to rise 15 percent. The country’s unemployment rate shot up by 10 percent after the carbon tax was implemented.

“The carbon tax is bad for the economy and it doesn’t do any good for the environment,” Abbott told The Washington Post last year. “Despite a carbon tax of $37 a ton by 2020, Australia’s domestic emissions were going up, not down. The carbon tax was basically socialism masquerading as environmentalism, and that’s why it’s going to get abolished.

The budgetary facts are inescapably grim for researchers and scientists based in renewable energies and research. The funding for all government programs related to climate change is set to shrink at an alarming rate, going from $5.75 billion this year to a scant $500 million in the next four years. Additionally, the Emissions Reduction Fund which is meant to help lower greenhouse gas emissions in Australia is going to be reduced to only $1.14 billion. This was devastating news after Environment Minister Greg Hunt had gone on record promising to provide $2.55 billion to fund the program. Nevertheless, it is not only climate change programs that are feeling the pinch of the Abbott budget. The Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency, will have $111 million worth of funding slashed over the next four years, which will affect an uncertain number of programs and a loss of tenth of the CSIRO workforce.

The outlook is bleak from the standpoint of scientists and researchers in Australia, many of whom will probably leave the country in order to find work elsewhere. This represents a loss of a skilled workforce for a country that is already seeing a six percent unemployment rate. Despite harping on the jobless rate, the Abbott government has not provided a solution to getting more people working. Cuts to climate change programs and scientific research are only the tip of the unemployment iceberg. Under this budget, unemployment rates are set to rise to 6.25 percent by June next year. This is worrying news for the hundreds of thousands of Australians currently out of work or who are facing the prospect of unemployment in the wake of the new budget plan.

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  •  Good Luck for Scientists Emigrating to Escape (5+ / 0-)
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    salmo, basquebob, jasan, Just Bob, AnnieR

    science denialism.

    Sorry to hear this; but this is contemporary democracy and economics working as they are designed to work, sad to say.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri May 23, 2014 at 06:02:08 PM PDT

    •  Money is not a good reason for doing or not doing (0+ / 0-)

      anything on which the lives of seven billion people depend.

      Like governor Walker of Fitzwalkererstan, Scott of Florida, Christie of New Jersey LePage of Maine, or any of the rest of our own Republican climate change denying governors  I'm not sure why the guy ever got elected.

      The outcome of this will be to dig the hole Australia is in with brush fires and flooding just a little deeper, make it just a little harder to keep the poles from melting and in the end kill us all.

      Climate change and rising sea levels are worse than a threat of nuclear war or other weapons of mass destruction. On this front we have already pusheed the red button and the fallout is on the way.

      "la vida no vale nada un lugar solita" "The Limits of Control Jim Jarmusch

      by rktect on Sat May 24, 2014 at 04:28:39 PM PDT

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  •  The Daily Caller? DKos should *never* link (4+ / 0-)

    to DC unless it is to point out something stupid they've done, which is everything the do, now and forever, including that fucking article you've linked to which supports the Abbott government. What in THE fuck?

    •  Good point. I wanted to post that here because it (3+ / 0-)
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      Lefty Coaster, Just Bob, Little

      is an awesome example of the BS shenanigans they are putting us through. Those two articles are the major ones everyone is citing.

      There's going to be a lot of talk like this in the US soon/now. We need to be prepared.

    •  I don't agree, but judging from the comments (1+ / 0-)
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      down thread, the article has been taken at face value.

      You may have a point.

      I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

      by Just Bob on Fri May 23, 2014 at 09:37:44 PM PDT

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    •  Listening to George Will does point out something (0+ / 0-)

      stupid they have done which is to deny climate change  because they tie it to a political win for progressives.

      Will is essentially saying "the truth has a liberal bias" and "climate change mediation has become a religion" and of course George Will prefers a good conservative based in the middle bronze age god based religion to one based on this new god science.

      "la vida no vale nada un lugar solita" "The Limits of Control Jim Jarmusch

      by rktect on Sat May 24, 2014 at 04:38:53 PM PDT

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  •  Another example (3+ / 0-)

    Of bad ideas and their Unintended consequences. But hey, it made us feel good enacting a huge tax that slammed the breaks on the economy.....

    You best believe it does

    by HangsLeft on Fri May 23, 2014 at 06:07:45 PM PDT

    •  Except that it didn't. n/t (3+ / 0-)
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      ferg, Just Bob, Eric Nelson

      This is the landscape that we understand, -
      And till the principle of things takes root,
      How shall examples move us from our calm?

      (Mary Oliver, "Beyond the Snow Belt.")

      by sagesource on Fri May 23, 2014 at 08:06:34 PM PDT

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    •  I take it you didn't read the reddit quote n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

      by Just Bob on Fri May 23, 2014 at 09:32:40 PM PDT

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    •  "You can pay me now or pay me later" (0+ / 0-)

      Supposedly the paying of the tax would allow Australia to see the effects of mediation by 2049. If only that were true it would be wonderful.

      More likely Australia remains in the tropics which are projected to be uninhabitable by 2150 and continuing to get worse as the rate at which the effects become more severe increases at an increasing rate.

      By 2100 temperatures may have reached 6 degrees C above pre industrial revolution temperatures. That hasn't happened for 60 million years and the last time it did there were palm trees in Antarctica and a global extinction event.

      Temperature rise goes off the charts shortly thereafter to the point where we will be lucky if we don't see them follow an exponential curve like the Fibonacci series

      1,1, degrees by 2035  2,3, degrees by 2050 and keep in mind temperature rise closely relates to sea level rise  

      5,8, degrees by 2100, then it simply goes off the charts 13, 21,degrees  by 2125 34,55, by 2150, ... only in pure mathematics can an exponential curve go to infinity

      "la vida no vale nada un lugar solita" "The Limits of Control Jim Jarmusch

      by rktect on Sat May 24, 2014 at 04:52:12 PM PDT

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  •  What Do You Expect? (0+ / 0-)

    The Labor/Green government created a highly unpopular Carbon Tax program which was part of the reason it was trounced by the Liberal Alliance.

    10 years ago every Australian state and the federal govt was Labor - now every state but one is liberal as is the federal govt. (And Labor had a smaller vote in South Australia, but barely created a minority govt there.)

    •  There is a silver lining to the cloud which is (3+ / 0-)
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      Tony Abbot's Budget TM (aka the dox making him a one term PM).

      The Budget axed $80B from State Health and Education budgets causing those State Liberal Governments to declare open warfare on the Federal Government. The State Governments will be forced to broaden or deepen (or both) the GST (goods and services tax) and take the blame for an already unpopular tax.

      So, to recap... a Federal Liberal Government is slashing funds to Health and Education forcing State Liberal Governments into a deep hole... just before State elections.

      As I said, silver linings.

      PS. That's just one of the things people aren't happy about. Try Googling 'student protests, Australia'

      As private parts to the gods are we, they play with us for their sport. - Black Adder "Chains"

      by Clive all hat no horse Rodeo on Fri May 23, 2014 at 07:08:43 PM PDT

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  •  Where will English speaking scientists (1+ / 0-)
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    in Australia emigrate to? Think about it.

    A million Arcosantis.

    by Villabolo on Fri May 23, 2014 at 07:03:47 PM PDT

  •  Would a carbon tax have the same impact in the US? (2+ / 0-)
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    "let's talk about that" uid 92953

    by VClib on Fri May 23, 2014 at 08:11:56 PM PDT

  •  Do they have a direct line (1+ / 0-)
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    To the idiots here who claim there is no global warming?  I thought Australia was better than us in this regard.

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

    by Rosalie907 on Fri May 23, 2014 at 08:17:37 PM PDT

  •  And here I was thinking that Australia was (0+ / 0-)

    relatively green, for chrissakes. Also: they're in serious drought and have had terrible fires. What the hell is going on?

    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Fri May 23, 2014 at 08:33:03 PM PDT

  •  Wait until the bill comes due on not doing... (5+ / 0-)

    anything. It will make these costs look like child's play.

    I'm not serious. Seriously.

    by IB JOHN on Fri May 23, 2014 at 08:59:37 PM PDT

  •  The Reddit quote should be much larger than (1+ / 0-)
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    the tiny type it is.  At least it was included, though it looks like it's an afterthought rather than a refutation of the major points.

    I view this as I view any other industry-commissioned report that has a particular political and industrial agenda.

  •  Drastic. The power struggles within (0+ / 0-)

    the Labour coalition in Australia when it was in power led to this draconian Abbott administration move.  When the left to center-left are not united and focused on the big picture, it opens the door for radical conservatives who are aligned with the 1% to implement policies that are clearly against the interests of the people.

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    by khyber900 on Sat May 24, 2014 at 10:28:54 AM PDT

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