Australia abandons ETS plans for 3 years

Just heard on TV news, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd saying he was withdrawing the ETS from Parliament and it was “on ice” for three years.
Well knock me down with a feather. Only a short while ago, fighting climate change was the “..moral imperative of our time..” – or something similar. I am struggling to remember a greater backflip from an Australian Government.

7 comments to Australia abandons ETS plans for 3 years

  • KuhnKat

    They won’t be sorry. In 3 years they can finish sweeping the whole mess under their toupees!!

  • WSH

    Some more relevant articles
    Here is a typical ABC sort of a view trying to put best spin on it. Note the reference to “several hundred public servants” with nothing to do. Simple – sack them.

    Just saw this too.

    and of course Antony Green’s great article re complex dates and timing issues a Double Dissolution of the Australian Parliament – not a common event.

    The article by AG is here

    What now Antony ?

  • val majkus

    Warwick, this is not on topic but this clip features the letter Mann wrote to you in response to your FOI request
    www.blip.tv/file/3539174
    Gidday Val, It was Phil Jones who wrote to me – I have never contacted Mann.

  • val majkus

    Warwick; wasn’t it a letter in the same terms then?

  • WSH

    Gidday Val – I watched the early part of the Pat Michaels online talk at your URL – and I thought he referred to the email Jones wrote me in 2005. I am not sure where you get Mann in this – but I did not watch all of Pat’s talk.

  • val majkus

    sorry, the e mail in the terms i was thinking of but it was jones who wrote it to you; Warwick do you have any views on the renewable energy target now being publicised on the Dept of Climate Changes website www.climatechange.gov.au/government/reduce.aspx
    (although that page is being updated by reason of the Govt’s backflip on the CPRS I think this is still current “Australia has set a Renewable Energy Target of 20 per cent by 2020. This means that by 2020, one-fifth of Australia’s electricity will come from renewable sources such as wind, solar and geothermal power.”
    The reason I ask is that I want to write to the Opposition about the cost of being clean and green and how ineffective wind and solar power on a commercial level are – I have corresponded with a person who spent 25 years in the Electricity Commission of NSW working, commissioning and operating the various power units and he said he is going to write to Govt about its stupidity on insisting on a 20% renewable energy which is impossible, he’s an expert and I’m a layperson so far as renewable energy is concerned but I’m a voter and have a legal background so I can do research; do you have any expertise in that field or can you point me to someone who does (preferably Aust – might have a bigger impact on the parties)

  • WSH

    Bryan Leyland in NZ is an engineer very much in touch with these issues.
    I have some wind power articles back to end 2006 with links.
    Here is another good page online

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