Thursday, September 22, 2011

Climate change: Insult to injury

Earlier in the week, the government announced that it would let farmers off the hook entirely over climate change, and continue to subsidise their pollution for the forseeable future. Today we learn that they're making record profits. Talk about adding insult to injury.

So much for farmers' claims of poverty. Farmers can clearly afford it, so they should pay. The alternative is that the rest of us - who don't own vast tracts of land, don't drive BMWs, and aren't sharing in a $10 billion annual profit - should pay instead for their pollution. And that is neither fair nor just.