Will America Learn From Australia’s Carbon Tax?

Australia has given the United States a chance to see the negatives of passing carbon tax legislation. According to the Daily Caller, it is not going so well. Unemployment shot up, energy costs have risen 15% in one year, and almost 20% of the average Australian electric bill is taxes.

According to Robson, Australia’s one-year old carbon tax increased taxes on 2.2 million people in the country and has not actually decreased the country’s carbon emissions — which won’t fall below current levels until 2043…

News Limited Network reported in March that the carbon tax was contributing to a record 10,632 businesses that faced insolvency in 2012 — up from 10,481 for 2011.

The Herald Sun reports that Victoria provincial hospitals forked over an extra $6.1 million for energy costs in only six months due to the carbon tax — payments to which ranged from 8 percent of hospitals’ total energy costs to 22 percent.

Will politicians see these negative effects on the economy, on the poor, and the ineffectiveness in reducing carbon emission? We can hope, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. I hope it is becoming more and more obvious to more and more people that congress does not generally care about the actual effects of the legislation, only about the actual effects to their campaign or career. They will pass horrible legislation if the masses call for it, or if they have something financially or politically to gain. Politicians are interested in themselves, and bear no personal consequences for many of the terrible pieces of legislation they vote for. It is up to the people in this country to make sure the politicians feel the negative effects that they force on us with bad legislation.

As Benjamin Franklin said to a woman in response when she asked what type of government America will be, “A republic, ma’am, if you can keep it”.

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