[LINK] We live in interesting times.... Or - is the gold standard really extinct.

David Lochrin dlochrin at d2.net.au
Wed Oct 22 15:43:27 EST 2008


On Wednesday 22 October 2008 14:38, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
> So, I guess it is fair enough that tour operators are exempted from 4WD taxes:
> Comparative Motor Vehicle CO2 emissions
> Toyota Prius	106 g/km
> Honda Civic Hybrid	109 g/km
> Fiat Punto 16V 90HP	116 g/km
> Honda Jazz Gli	135 g/km
> BMW LCI 120d E87 	162 g/km
> Honda Civic VTi 	164 g/km
> Toyota Corrolla	172-4 g/km
> Holden AH Astra	177 g/km
> Holden Commodore Belina	260 g/km
> Toyota Landcruiser 100	380 g/km
> <http://www.ramin.com.au/eco-sydney/carbon.shtml>

Whether or not tourist operators should be exempt from these taxes is a separate issue.  I was making the point that loss of the Great Barrier Reef would have very large economic implications quite apart from loss of biodiversity and other accompanying changes to the physical environment.

Unfortunately stopping runaway greenhouse effect is going to entail many compromises along the way.  If we don't make these compromises then we'll lose the political will and economic capacity to deal with it at all, with disastrous consequences.

David


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