In their latest displays of breathtaking ignorance, Tony Abbott and his coterie are acting on what was once implicit: that Direct Action is a construct of a party that simply doesn’t accept the science. Meanwhile in Germany, the two biggest political parties have signed a deal to increase renewable energy targets for 2020 and 2030.
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Delayed briefly by a debate over name-calling, Tony Abbott’s first order of Parliamentary business was to introduce his party’s legislation to repeal the carbon tax. But what do Australia’s business leaders think about it all?
After years building one of the world’s most sophisticated carbon pricing packages, the Labor Party is reportedly ready to abandon it. Those who have watched the Labor Right in action will not be surprised if this comes to pass. Here are some reasons why this may come to pass, and some why it won’t.
There’s a reason we have a price on carbon. Repealing it may save taxpayers a little money, but it will cause long-term problems.
Government declares it won’t extend the carbon tax beyond June 30, even if the Senate does not pass the repeal legislation by then. Another (unstated) message: don’t hold your breath for the double dissolution Tony Abbott has threatened.
New Labor leader Bill Shorten’s support for carbon pricing is actually a deft assault on Tony Abbott’s weak spot, his hard right flank. International pressure for market-based climate solutions is mounting, and Australia’s credibility hangs in the balance.
Tony Abbott might have pledged in blood to repeal the carbon price, but what’s likely to happen once the obstacles are clear? Here are four scenarios.
As Tony Abbott equates masculinity with the repudiation of climate and green energy policies, a new study finds Direct Action is complete nonsense, would lift costs and would not cut emissions. But that’s OK if you think climate science is crap.
As Labor threatens to implode, Tony Abbott’s pledge to repeal the carbon price and send back the credits is again creating fear and uncertainty.
New research from UNSW shows that a medium-level carbon price of between $50-$100 would be sufficient to see all fossil-fuelled power stations in Australia’s National Electricity Market phased out and replaced ‘economically and reliably’ with commercially available renewable energy technologies.