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Australia’s carbon tax – dispelling the scare campaign against it.

the great tragedy of this is the groups behind this ludicrous scare campaign – the Minerals Council of Australia, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Australian Coal Association, and the Housing Industry Association – will never be brought to justice for the misleading conduct they’ve engaged in over the last two years.

One working week down, sky still above, Climate Spectator, 6 Jul 2012, Tristan Edis One working week after doomsday and as usual the media is still running tripe about the carbon pricing package. Gerry Harvey has realised that the carbon tax will actually be good for retailers like him. And finally some people are being brought to justice for scaremongering by the ACCC (ACT Renewable Energy and Polaris Solar), if only their powers extended to industry associations……
I decided to look at the New Zealand government’s own website to learn more about this deferral.  On the website it states:
“The Government has announced a number of changes to the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS), to be implemented through legislation to be passed this year. The purpose of the changes is to maintain the costs that the ETS places on the economy at current levels.”
Note that these so-called changes largely aim to “maintain” the cost of the ETS. In fact rather than being changes, they largely involve continuing the scheme as it stands at present. They certainly don’t represent a deferral of emissions trading.
The real story is that the New Zealand government had originally planned on expanding the scheme to cover agriculture and decided against it, which notably neither Australia nor Europe’s emissions trading schemes plan on doing either.
Also, just like Australia has done, New Zealand has decided that those importing goods which contain synthetics refrigerant gases such as refrigerators will not be covered by the ETS but instead pay a carbon levy. And it will expand coverage of the scheme to include those that import or produce the synthetic gases HFC-245fa and HFC-365mfc……….
the Herald Sun is either not doing its research, or is absolutely desperate to print anything to undermine the public’s perception of Australia’s carbon pricing scheme…….
we have direct quotes from the two protagonists involved denying that there was any discussion of dropping the floor price on carbon, yet The Australian decided to lead with the claim that the government had proposed to the Greens that the floor price be dropped.
Now today we have a report from David Wroe at Fairfax stating:
“The Age believes there are no discussions to scrap the floor price but the government is in talks with the Greens on how to tackle the fraught issue of stabilising the price of permits once the carbon tax becomes an emissions trading scheme in 2015.”…….Harvey Norman’s Gerry Harvey realises the carbon tax is not so bad after all

Back in April, Climate Spectator pointed out that Australian retailers such as Harvey Norman should have little to fear from the introduction of the carbon price except the misleading fear that Tony Abbott had managed to scare into Australian consumers.

the great tragedy of this is the groups behind this ludicrous scare campaign – the Minerals Council of Australia, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Australian Coal Association, and the Housing Industry Association – will never be brought to justice for the misleading conduct they’ve engaged in over the last two years. As an example, please read a recent article in Climate Spectator that explains that the impact on house construction is a fraction of what the Housing Industry Association had originally been claiming. http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/one-working-week-down-sky-still-above

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July 7, 2012 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, spinbuster

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