Greg Hunt says he doesn’t want an emissions trading scheme, Clive Palmer says he does. But Hunt’s Direct Action plan might ultimately take us there anyway.
Direct Action plan
Environmental protection is being given a lower priority than it has by any federal government since first environmental legislation was introduced 40 years ago.
What might Australia’s climate policy end up looking like, and could Palmer’s ETS – even with a zero initial price on emissions – act as a stopgap?
Abbott’s Direct Action policy could let the few companies that produce the most pollution off the hook as Greg Hunt reaffirms commitment to climate change.
Tony Abbott owes his job and political reincarnation to his crude perspective on climate change. But his policy will not serve the nation well.