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Prime Minster Gillard and Carbon Monomania

August 1, 2011

I detect a normalisation in federal politics with the announcement late last night that Tony Abbott will take an overseas holiday. In addition the opponents of the carbon tax have failed to produce a killer development that transforms the debate. Since the government announced the full details two weeks ago, there has been no mine closure or plans junked: only the same old arguments endlessly rehashed.

Labor’s best hope lies in having other issues come forward to relieve the monomania that has been forced on both sides of Australian politics.

  1. August 1, 2011 12:29 pm

    Thanks Bob. I wonder if Abbott will meet David Cameron? Cameron’s letter to Gillard praising the bold and ambitious climate change plans of the Australian Government certainly livened my weekend.

  2. Watson permalink
    August 1, 2011 1:09 pm

    Mr Abbott has engaged in the most irrational attack on Labor’s Carbon Tax. He claims to accept the need for action on climate change, but proposes a ‘Direct Action’ plan which would prove very expensive if it were actually implemented at the level proposed by Labor. That involves a 5% reduction on 2000 emissions, which have already increased more than 5% above 2000 levels, so that is an actual reduction of 10% even before we begin. Most projections assume at least a 5% per decade increase in emissions as our carbon dependent economy continues to grow over the next two decades. So, in all we would have to reduce 2030 projected emissions by 20%. When this is multiplied by the expected 1/3rd growth in population, it is evident that Australia will have to replace 60% of its carbon based energy production with renewables.
    This is a huge challenge, and will cost a lot more money than Abbott has implied, and far more than he could possibly expect ordinary tax payers to hand over to the big polluters in order to encourage them to ‘do the right thing’ at no expense to themselves.
    So, either Abbott is deluded about how much needs to be done, or he is attempting to fool the electorate into believing he really cares about the future.
    Either way I wish him well in his holidays, the longer the better for Australia, and my grand children.

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