Our alleged health guide seems to think 0.04% CO2 is dangerous. Perhaps someone should tell her that 5% or more CO2 can be mixed with anaesthetic gases if there is a danger the patient might stop breathing – this is about the level that triggers you to exhale and draw new breath.
The birth of Australia’s carbon price legislation is predictably being heralded by the chorus of criticism that has accompanied its gestation, despite the early distribution of handouts as the government attempts to buy its way through the noise.
While the #cashforyou compensation might muffle some of the clamour, it certainly can’t be countered by the mysterious silence about what the carbon price is for and what it will do, other than line the pockets of Australians. The decision by the government to label the carbon price package the ”clean energy future” represents a pragmatic reading of the political mood, as well as the need for a positive ”frame” with which to ”sell” it, but there remains an ongoing failure to describe the point of the legislation – or what it can deliver.