Here’s a little bit of info to put a damper on your spirits. The volcanic eruption in Iceland by the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, in four days was able to counter every single effort made by humans to over the past five years to control CO2 emissions on Earth.
And that’s just ONE volcano. There are currently around 200 active volcanoes on Earth that emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere daily and contribute to climate change. Along with this, the annual bush fires that sweep across Australia and Western USA are also noted to contributing carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere.
So what does all of this mean? Many scientists believe that all of these natural factors that are the cause of carbon dioxide emissions are much larger in scale compared to the man-made carbon dioxide emissions that have triggered policy changes such as the carbon tax. This in turn makes you wonder why we are essentially being taxed for something that occurs naturally and at a much larger scope than we humans can ever contribute.
Placing a tax on carbon dioxide is similar to placing a tax on volcanos every time they emit volcanic gases and ash into the atmosphere. A tax won’t reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere, it will simply just charge companies extra and in turn create economic problems for a nation and also consumers who will then struggle to pay regular bills.
And whilst we’re at it, maybe we should just tax nature as a whole cause it contributes to 97% of the carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere.