Emission Trading

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I wonder, if Australian government will introduce the emission trading, which is just bureaucratic speak for “you can pollute as long as you pay”. An oxymoronic approach to environment protection as there always will be polluters for whom it will pay to “purchase” the pollution quota rather then innovate and find alternative environmently friendly alternatives. This would only change if alternatives and R&D for clear energy would be cheaper than for example coal power.

Back to my photograph and its title. I see ever increasing number of smokers in the city. Now that they have been banned from restaurants, offices and pubs they smoke everywhere in the city sometimes making a nice walk a really unpleasant experience by blowing their filthy, stinking smoke all around. If the emission trading does get introduced will it cover the smokers too? I certainly hope so. A nice economic intensive to reduce tobacco smoke would be a flat $50 per packet tax.

  • J. Austin

    Totally agree on putting a big tax on tobacco products. Just got back from a trip and in both cities they had implemented no smoking policies for inside the restaurants, which made us very happy …. but 2 of the restaurants we went to had a smoking area right outside the front door. Yup, you had to walk thru that nasty stinky smoke just to get inside to the non-smoking area. Yuk, I won’t be dining at either of those places again. Like you I see more and more people smoking on the streets and in public places, which directly impacts those of us trying to go out for a walk/run to get or stay healthy.

  • J. Austin

    Totally agree on putting a big tax on tobacco products. Just got back from a trip and in both cities they had implemented no smoking policies for inside the restaurants, which made us very happy …. but 2 of the restaurants we went to had a smoking area right outside the front door. Yup, you had to walk thru that nasty stinky smoke just to get inside to the non-smoking area. Yuk, I won’t be dining at either of those places again. Like you I see more and more people smoking on the streets and in public places, which directly impacts those of us trying to go out for a walk/run to get or stay healthy.