You and I over the barrel…

To follow on from the previous post…

Too often in the supposed climate debate, a fight between hard won science and all manner of crackpot ideation, happy to share its bed with UN murderous delusions and secret societies of scientists, we hear about the “carbon addiction”. But this is naïve, forming part of reason why we fail to address climate change.

Is there any real coincidence that slavery started to become intolerable in most of the better educated corners of the globe about the same time of the birth of the industrial era?

No. Our species had finally found a way to carry out work that was more cost effective than placing equivalent slaves in the lowest possible conditions while keeping them alive.

The reality is, work is needed to live and people will do their best to avoid working. Worse, our industrialised world needs even more work to function than any previous empire.

I’m not questioning the value in turning off an unnecessary light globe, but that is not addressing the situation.

Take a look around the average home and quickly you’ll find numerous machines that we would find life very difficult without.

The most obvious being the refrigerator or heating. Using the Origin Energy Calculator, even the most efficient fridge and freezer, this amounts to more than 700kg of CO2 emissions annually and, currently (knowing that anything and everything seems to merit an additional price hike) around $180 a year in energy costs.

Of course, for poorer Australians who can’t afford the most efficient units, if they instead had the lowest rated fridge and freezer, they would be hit with nearly $280 in energy bills and account for just over a tonne of CO2 emissions annually.

But that’s still small time compared to hospitals and very few would question hospital energy usage.

Compounding this further is the stupidly designed tracks of land more commonly known as “urban sprawl”. From cheap, inefficient houses to the separation from essential goods and services, these landscapes are highly demanding for otherwise avoidable work.

We are not addicted to carbon, but require work and carbon current is the backbone of that work.

And now the barrel…

How can we play a reasonable role within our societies without it? How can we access it, or more importantly, energy for the needed work, without being a dedicated customer to these utility companies?

For most of us, there are no other options. That’s why, when the industry says a price rise is necessary, we pay our bills. Our current PM was all too happy to accuse the then ALP led government about the “pain” its carbon price was causing (wrongly I might add), but where is this outrage when  the average Australian is stuck in ensuring utility profits?

Admittedly, blame is rightfully shared. Who doesn’t have the TV on while utilizing mobile devices or accidentally leave a light on or go for a 5-10 minute drive for something that isn’t really necessary?

So here we are

Work is essential and machines are, either directly or indirectly reliant on combustion to provide this work. That much cannot be avoided.

However, why is the Australian per capita carbon footprint so great among affluent countries? Where could a “market based solution” possibly exist when profits are made on growth in use?

We are not junkies looking for our next fix with a dealer incrementally raising the price, so we need to stop beating ourselves up about it.

In truth, we have merchants selling us fresh water and leaky buckets. We have neither the tools to make or sufficiently repair our buckets nor other access avenues to obtain water. We’re stuck.

This should be enough for anyone to realise that we have major failings in our current systems to either approach the problem of climate change seriously or meet essential goods and services humanely to each member of our species. This simply isn’t good enough.

2 thoughts on “You and I over the barrel…

  1. I can’t stand urban sprawl and this is one of the reasons I don’t want to live in Australia or New Zealand anymore. Cities that were built before the invention of the motor vehicle offer much better quality of life in my view and the chance to lower your carbon footprint by walking/cycling everywhere.


    1. designed for multi-purpose use. Believe it or not, a lot of cities have been built – full cities I mean – in the past few decades in China and they largely haven’t gone for the sprawl mess.

      It’s a dream sold primarily to the New World.


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