Tim Blair: A Carbonated Think
“We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon”
Q: What is carbon? Â Â Tim Blair starts a useful questionnaire to assist the carbon-confused:
A: Carbon is a solid non-metallic chemical element. It has nothing at all to do with the carbon tax, carbon pollution or carbon emissions, all of which refer to carbon dioxide.
Q: What is carbon dioxide?
A: Carbon dioxide is a naturally occurring gas emitted in human breath, among other sources. Plants feed on it. In solid form it is known as dry ice.
Q: When will the carbon tax be introduced?
A: Never, according to Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who in August 2010 told Australians: “There will be no carbon tax under the government I lead.” On the other hand, the carbon tax comes into effect next week.