"No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible."
- Voltaire (attributed).
"Australia produces less than 1.5 per cent of the world's carbon emissions but will pay the world's biggest carbon tax."
- Claim of recent Australian ad campaign
funded by the Australian Trade and Industry Alliance.
I am mainly interested in the first half of the claim (with its implication that Australian emissions are too small to be worth causing any economic pain). The second half of the quote ("the world's biggest carbon tax") is refuted here without even mentioning the fact that Sweden has had a carbon price since 1991 that is now around 150 AUD per tonne (the price in the proposed Clean Energy Plan starts at 23 AUD per tonne).