Butterfly on the Mail board asks about the effect of carbon pricing on fuel poverty.
It is impossible to take forever from a finite resource, and it is impossible to expand forever into a finite space.
All finite fuels will run out. They are not infinite.
Therefore we are heading for shortages, for sure.
So, irrespective of AGW, we need to transfer using the energy that the Sun gives us everyday, instead of using the energy that she Sun poured onto primaeval forests and swamps.
In a day we are burning stuff that took tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of years to burn. (Maybe someone out there has figures; I'm guessing)
So we have to kick the carbon habit, before it kicks us.
We Greens have been calling for 3 decades for humanity to kick the habit.
With every year that passes, it is going to become more difficult.
But we have to do it. There is no alternative, as our dear Margaret used to say.
This means that fuel will become more expensive.
As you say, the main concern must be to keep the seniors warm. Absolutely. I wrote a book in 1996, and fuel poverty is in there.
So, we insulate the houses of the elderly. Check their thyroids are functioning. And give them the warmth they need, subsidising as necessary. Oh, and give them lots more looking after, good neighbour schemes.
Because part of the solution is in the community. Looking after each other. Social isolation causes illness.
I'll leave it there for the minute.
Others will be chipping in soon with "what about underlying prices? Inflation?"