May 12, 2009 – Rudd axes 13 ‘non-complementary’ climate programmes

The Strategic Review of Australian Government Climate Change Programs (Wilkins Review) had been established in February 2008 to:

  • ensure they are complementary to the ETS;
  • phase out less efficient abatement programs and initiatives that will compromise the abatement incentives arising from the carbon price signal provided by the ETS
  • rationalise duplicative and overlapping programs.

On this day in 2009 the Rudd government agreed to close 13 programs that were deemed not complementary to an ETS.

You can find out more here – https://www.finance.gov.au/publications/strategic-reviews/

Thank god the CPRS was carefully shepherded through, implemented without becoming an ATM for the fossil fuel industry and forced a reduction in carbon emissions commensurate with what the scientists were calling for.  Otherwise by now we’d all be stuffed, wouldn’t we…

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