If the rhetoric of the Warministas is to believed (which is a big stretch) for any mitigation scheme to work it must be globally consistent and it must eventually result in an actual reduction in the burning of fossil fuels. The first aspect of this dichotomy is just never going to happen India seem incapable of staging the Commonwealth Games so no one should expect that they would be able to do anything to mitigate their burgeoning energy consumption, The US will never get a carbon tax of a trading scheme though its legislature. China? Its the land of lip service. Any realist has to say that global “action on Carbon” is just not going to happen. Still under the influence of the its Green tail the Gillard Labor dog is more than happy to try for a Carbon Tax.
Former Queensland Labor treasurer and Macarthur Coal chairman Keith DeLacy said Mr Kloppers had a “pretty lonely opinion in the resources sector”.
And Alcoa Australia chief executive Alan Cransberg warned that a decision on whether the company would restart its $3bn Wagerup alumina refinery in Western Australia hinged on government action on a carbon price.
Treasury has cautioned in its Red Book advice brief for the new government, released on Friday, that delaying the introduction of a carbon price would make whatever climate scheme emerged more “costly and disruptive”.
“There are . . . real and present costs associated with ongoing uncertainty around the climate change policy framework, particularly in the energy generation sector,” Treasury wrote. “Interim policies should be consistent with a move to a future carbon price.”
Ms Gillard had declared before the August poll “there will be no carbon tax under the government I lead”.
But in an election-eve interview with The Australian, she did not rule out “the possibility of legislating a carbon pollution reduction scheme, a market-based mechanism”.
Labor has since left the door open to introducing a carbon tax rather than an emissions trading scheme. Asked why she had shifted on a carbon tax, Ms Gillard told the Ten Network’s Meet the Press yesterday “circumstances have changed” and said the government had to be realistic.
The fact that she had specifically promised not to introduce a carbon tax seems to be of no consequence for Labor but it is, to say the least, a terrible betrayal of the voters who decided that they could continue to vote Labor safe from an increase in the cost of the energy that they use. Hopefully they will remember that their energy costs have already increased in anticipation of the thrice failed CPRS (increases that have of course remained despite the emissions trading scheme never becoming law) when the prices rise next time.
Julia Gillard has recently held a news conference announcing her “multi party committee” and offering an invitation to Tony Abbott to join in. Am I the only one who thinks that this is an attempt to replay the debacle (for the coalition) of getting Malcolm to “negotiate” with the government over the ETS.