Topic archives: carbon price

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

March 28, 2012 8

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

December 2, 2011 12

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.

Tales from Durban: Australia’s climate role and the Conference of Youth

December 1, 2011

Here's two different writers and activists over at the UN climate talks in Durban offering their take on what's happening, from Australia's role at the climate talks to the Conference of Youth where hundreds of young people talk about how to fight climate change and push governments into action ...

The carbon price scheme for dummies

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

October 6, 2011 56

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

September 7, 2011 30

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.

$10 million to drive fear and greed on carbon price

July 25, 2011 8

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

An Orwellian climate: carbon price and the atmosphere

July 15, 2011 44

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

July 11, 2011 15

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 […]

Say Yes… to better climate policy?

May 30, 2011 2

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

March 9, 2011 66

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 […]