The difference between virtue signalling and personal sacrifice is evident when the hat gets passed around to pay for so-called “climate action” – which simply means more, and endless, subsidies for chaotically intermittent wind and solar.
The trope has it that it’s the youth who are most adamant about trashing ever reliable and affordable electricity supplies, by replacing them with wholly sunshine and weather-dependent sources.
However, when it comes to paying for the ‘inevitable’ transition those selfsame advocates are less than forthcoming with the coin needed to pay for it.
Here’s an example, detailed by former South Australian Senator, Cory Bernardi.
We Won’t Pay the Earth
Cory Bernardi Confidential
23 June 2021
Here’s something you probably won’t see reported on their ABC, or in the Guardian or SMH.
A climate change referendum in Switzerland failed to gain majority support and the resistance was led by the generation of Millennials and Generation Z.
That’s the 18-34 age group for those of us who aren’t part of it.
The Swiss were proposing to enact a car fuel levy and an airline ticket tax to help meet their emission reduction targets under the Paris climate change agreement.
The referendum failed 52-48 with an estimated 70 percent of the generations mentioned above voting a resounding no.
This is a sharp rebuke to the catastrophists who have been brainwashing children into palpable fear of a naturally changing climate.
It seems the young Swiss want the same things as the rest of us – cheap and abundant power, jobs, comfortable living and less tax.
The last point is such a critical one.
Most every climate survey allows all respondents to feel like a good little Green but when asked to actually pay for the fantasy, they aren’t quite so keen.
Young people know that the Green job vision is a mirage. They know renewables are only competitive because they are subsidised by taxpayers. Many of them also know that they have been spun a pile of bull dust by the Marxist environmental class for decades now.
As Swiss Journalist Mathieu von Rohr wrote:
It is one thing for people to pretend they support the Green party, especially when it is cool to do so. It is quite another to make actual sacrifices as the Swiss were asked to do.
This is an entirely understandable human condition.
Whenever I am confronted by someone demanding the government do something I ask them if they are willing to pay more taxes for it. Most often the answer is ‘no, I already pay enough tax’.
Occasionally someone says yes they will pay more tax I suggest they simply send some additional money to the tax office.
While there is nothing to prevent people volunteering to pay more tax than necessary, I have never met anyone who does. Perhaps these people do actually exist or maybe they are as mythical as the non-subsidised wind farm.
We’ve had the same message in Australia through repeated elections. Every time our media pundits and green activists warn us that this is a vote on climate change and a sure Labor victory, the Coalition seems to win.
It’s a sure sign that people want good stewardship of our natural resources and environmental bounty, but they don’t want to pay the earth for it.
Cory Bernardi Confidential
via STOP THESE THINGS
July 3, 2021