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Business needs a carbon tax, says Bob Brown

business sees the Greens as being economically responsible, I talked about saving Australia from recession. I talked about our proposal for a carbon tax. I believe it’s that proposal which one of the big parties, the next party in office is going to have to come back to because business wants it, because business is saying we need a carbon signal for investment into the future. Only the Greens are offering it

Greens say business wants carbon tax, Radio Australia:, Linda Mottram interviews  Bob Brown, Australian Greens leader. August 19, 2010 “……..BROWN: The Australian Greens are in favour of transforming our economy from burning coal and forests to renewable energy and energy efficiency, and we have to do it urgently. My colleague Christine Milne has put forward a proposal for Australia to be carbon neutral; that is not putting any further carbon into the atmosphere between 2030 and 2050.

This is very urgent. Just ending the destruction of Australia’s forests, which is occurring right now under Labor and the coalition governments and its woodlands would reduce greenhouse gas emissions from this country by 20 per cent.

It’s not just Indonesia that’s loading the atmosphere with the greenhouse gases from forests burn-offs, Australia’s doing it and federal governments have traditionally funded that operation. We would stop it. We would also transform out of coal, the Australian big parties want to put taxpayers money into more trains and more ports to export more coal. In an age of climate change, which threatens the Great Barrier Reef, which threatens the Murray Darling Basin, our food bowl, a 128-thousand jobs there, that’s highly irresponsible economically.

The Greens will turn that around and go to a renewable energy, an energy efficient future, and why should not this the sunny country be exporting amongst other things renewable energy, solar expertise and solar and wind power? Australia should be back there at the forefront, why not be giving base-load solar to our Timor Leste neighbours instead of leaving them to get second-hand diesel generators from China? Come on Australia, we can do better than that.
…..what we are seeing is that business sees the Greens as being economically responsible, I talked about saving Australia from recession. I talked about our proposal for a carbon tax. I believe it’s that proposal which one of the big parties, the next party in office is going to have to come back to because business wants it, because business is saying we need a carbon signal for investment into the future. Only the Greens are offering it.Radio Australia:Connect Asia:Story:Greens say business wants carbon tax

August 20, 2010 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, energy, politics, solar, wind | , , , , , , ,

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