March, 2012

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

, Mar 28, 2012

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

, Dec 02, 2011

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

, Nov 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

, Oct 06, 2011

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

, Sep 07, 2011

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

, Aug 23, 2011

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

, Jul 25, 2011

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?

, Jul 20, 2011

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

, Jul 15, 2011

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

, Jul 11, 2011

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 […]

Cartoon Explanation of Price on Carbon

, Jul 10, 2011


Another day, another whinge from big coal

, Jun 09, 2011

Another day, another rent-seeking whinge from the richest companies in the country.  Yesterday the Australian Coal Association(ACA) released more ‘independent economic analysis’ that said just how hard done by they would be under a carbon tax. It was a pre-emptive strike before the much awaited Productivity Commission report, due today, that analyses the effective carbon […]

Coal exports boom amid carbon price talks

, Jun 02, 2011

With the multi party climate change committee (MPCCC) in the midst of the crucial negotiation phase for the introduction of a price on carbon, other parts of the country are rushing forward with plans that will see Australia’s contribution to global warming soar. Yesterday, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh announced that proponents are being sought for  […]

Say Yes… to better climate policy?

, May 30, 2011

At the weekend, a coalition of environment groups and unions launched a television advertisement featuring the award-winning actress Cate Blanchett that urges the public to support the government’s carbon price policy.

Lomborg’s false dichotomy: a carbon price would pay for research

, Mar 09, 2011

Josh Dowse writes: Environmental writer Bjørn Lomborg gave a thought-provoking talk at Sydney’s Lowy Institute yesterday. Lomborg is articulate and persuasive, has an international reputation and is an exemplary self-promoter. Unfortunately he is, once again, dangerously wrong. Lomborg argues that putting a price on carbon is a waste of money, that instead we should be […]

C’mon Aussie c’mon…. seriously, c’mon!!!!

, Nov 30, 2010

I’m walking down a dusty road on the outskirts of the old citadel in Damascus, Syria. Lugging my backpack and avoiding donkeys, taxis and potholes in the road, I suddenly come across a patch of green. It’s a garden – about as big as three suburban sized Aussie backyards put together – and it’s filled […]

Is an ETS automatically more ambitious than a tax?

, Nov 09, 2010

I confess to being a little taken aback by the swing back towards campaigning for immediate adoption of a cap-and-trade emissions scheme that appears to be gaining ground in sections of the environment movement. This, in my opinion, is a misguided strategy that risks stifling progress at a critical moment instead of opening the space […]

Want to stop climate change? Move beyond carbon pricing

, Oct 07, 2010

Leigh Ewbank writes: It’s time for the government and climate change advocates to stop obsessing over carbon pricing and get behind an investment-centred climate policy. Polling released last week, as PM Gillard announced the members of her government’s Carbon Pricing Climate Change Committee, showed that just 37% of Australians think it is very important to […]
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A hopeful tale for climate change policy

, Sep 29, 2010

Ellen Sandell, from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, writes: I was going to write an article today about why Greg Hunt and Tony Abbott should stop playing politics with climate change, and come to the table. But instead of spending 800 words berating them for refusing to join the multi-party climate change committee, I’m going […]

Let the carbon games begin

, Sep 28, 2010

Giles Parkinson of Climate Spectator writes:  Like Noah and his Ark, Julia Gillard has made an effort to have two of almost everything on the committee that will guide Australia’s near-term efforts on climate change, and prepare the economy for the carbon challenges of the future. The Prime Minister herself is chairing the committee, which […]