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The case for Australia’s carbon tax now stronger than ever

The arguments of big polluters against a price on pollution and the CEFC are evaporating…… Remember when we couldn’t act because the US and China had no price on pollution? China has just announced its carbon tax will begin in 2015, while many US states (including California, an economy about 30 per cent larger than Australia’s) are establishing their own prices on pollution.

Slacking off on climate is just not cricket, IAN LOWE, ABC Environment, 23 JAN 2012 “….. we should be wary of short memories and predictions of doom when it comes to Australia’s price on pollution, which comes into force on 1 July this year. As the legislation was passed in October last year, we were subjected to big polluters’ predictions of apocalypse……

 The risk we now face is that, in the wake of a ‘win’ in the form of the Clean Energy Future package, Australia will take its eye off the ball, even though the need to focus on a long-term goal remains crucial.

Now is the time to begin moving to a cleaner, healthier economy.

The price on pollution and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation will open up job opportunities in a range of new and existing industries. Research by the Australian Conservation Foundation and the ACTU in 2010 showed that shifting Australia to a cleaner economy will create 3.7 million new jobs across the country by 2030.

The arguments of big polluters against a price on pollution and the CEFC are evaporating…… Remember when we couldn’t act because the US and China had no price on pollution? China has just announced its carbon tax will begin in 2015, while many US states (including California, an economy about 30 per cent larger than Australia’s) are establishing their own prices on pollution.

For those who may be genuinely challenged by the 0.7 per cent increase in the CPI (less than one cent on the dollar), there is generous compensation on the way. And this compensation, which will leave low-income Australians better off, will not be scrapped with a change of government, as Green senators will hold the balance of power until at least 2016. By then, the compensation, as well as the price on pollution, will simply be the new normal.

The CEFC will unlock tens of billions of dollars of new investment, paving the way for Australia to become a global leader in renewable energy. It is the long-term thinking that Australia cannot avoid just because we’ve had the immediate success of putting a price on pollution.

The job of tackling climate change has not gone away. We need to let the scaremongering of vested interests go through to the ‘keeper. http://www.abc.net.au/environment/articles/2012/01/23/3412123.htm

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January 23, 2012 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming |

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