Tim Flannery and The Weather Makers August 25, 2006 11:08 PM
Tim Flannery is an Australian scientist who wrote a very popular book about global warming, called The Weather Makers: The History and Future Impact of Climate Change. He was the opening night speaker at the Melbourne writers festival, and brought up the idea of a green tax shift in his speeech:
"It's important to understand that most governments in the world are acting," he said.
"It's only in Australia and the United States we find there is opposition, still, to addressing the problems.
"These governments say they are waiting for evidence upon which they can act. But it's too late, we need to act now." A quick solution was to impose a hefty tax on those companies that continued to pollute the air.
"If you raised a billion dollars in carbon tax you could give it back to lower and middle-income earners as tax breaks and those polluters would act quickly to fix the problem."
Some comments and ideas I posted from his book on other groups: