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Cutting policies, and carbon emissions, in the newest blue states

Amber Jamieson March 28, 2012 8 Comments

Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu yesterday announced it was scrapping the former Brumby government’s climate change target of reducing carbon emissions by 20% by 2020. And he’s not the only premier dismantling climate change programs. New Queensland premier Campbell Newman is busy cutting eight green energy schemes, including: the $430 million Queensland Climate Change Fund, the […]

News Limited papers ‘campaigned’ against carbon tax

Amber Jamieson December 2, 2011 12 Comments

A new report found that coverage of the carbon price legislation was overwhelming negative, with only 15% of the articles in Australian newspapers viewing the policy in a positive light.

The carbon price scheme for dummies

Crikey November 10, 2011

Considering the largest environmental policy Australia has ever seen was passed into law by government this week, it seems appropriate to write something on Rooted about it. There’s a few articles in the pipeline about the new carbon tax law  — including a clarifier on “what is carbon farming?” — and there will obviously be […]

Australia’s carbon tax battle: where it fits into the global war

Crikey October 6, 2011 56 Comments

Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus write: As two Americans watching from the sidelines as Australia tears itself apart over a carbon tax, it is impossible not to be reminded of our own country’s self-destructive battle over cap and trade in 2009 and 2010. And little wonder why: the Left and Right partiesin Australia have adopted […]

Green groups fight everything but criticism against them

Crikey September 7, 2011 30 Comments

Throughout 2011, Australia’s best-funded environment organisations have been united in support of the Labor government’s push to establish a carbon price. Not everyone, it seems, thinks this is a good thing.

Tales from the Convoy: less ‘no confidence’, more ‘conversation’ required

Crikey August 23, 2011 5 Comments

Sophie Trevitt writes: At 7am yesterday morning I arrived in Canberra to be greeted by a noisy chorus of truck drivers — honking their horns at at pedestrians, at my greyhound bus, at smaller vehicles, but mostly at each other. Long convoys of trucks clearly enjoying their police escorts and road dominance. There definitely weren’t […]

$10 million to drive fear and greed on carbon price

Crikey July 25, 2011 8 Comments

This weekend multi-billion dollar vested interest groups launched their $10 million “no campaign” against a price on pollution.

Will the carbon price rule out new coal?

John Hepburn July 20, 2011 8 Comments

On Sunday evening, after reading the Dr Seuss classic “If I ran the zoo” to my three year old daughter, I sat on the couch, fortified myself with a strong drink, and began to read the Treasury modelling on the carbon price (I know, I know, it’s an exciting life). After reading the projections for […]

An Orwellian climate: carbon price and the atmosphere

Crikey July 15, 2011 44 Comments

Andrew Glikson, earth and palaeoclimate scientist at the Australian National University, writes: Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, chief climate science advisor of the German government and keynote speaker at the Four Degrees or More? Australia in a hot world conference held this week in Melbourne, made a point on Lateline that even the least-informed should be able to understand: […]

Why a price on pollution is worth it

Crikey July 11, 2011 15 Comments

For a look at how the commentariat are judging Gillard’s carbon price, check out the commentary wrap on the Crikey website. It also contains details of the policy from the cost of carbon ($23 a tonne) to how much compensation industry will get ($9.2 billion). Ellen Sandell writes: Yesterday the Sunday Telegraph ran a headline […]