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12 June, 1992 – Ros Kelly says ‘nope’ on carbon tax…

So, 25 years ago today, a few days after Ros Kelly had signed the UNFCCC document on behalf of Australia, this turned up –

“Economic instruments could also be used to reduce greenhouse emissions. Mrs Kelly said she had had discussions yesterday with Canada’s environment minister on the issue.

Australia’s options were limited, however, because the Government had declared its opposition to a carbon tax. Asked why the Government opposed a carbon tax, Mrs Kelly said it believed such a tax could introduce real social distortions because of Australia’s big distances.

“And it would obviously disadvantage rural communities, and those who could not afford to pay higher (fuel) prices.

The Australian community is not yet ready for a carbon tax. Even the European Community has passed a motion stating that it would not introduce a carbon tax until the US did so.

“It’s a question of who starts the ball rolling,” Mrs Kelly said. “We won’t.”

1992 at Rio- O’Neill, G. 1992. Kelly Wants Action Over CO2 Emissions. The Age, 13 June, p.15.

Also on this day-

2011 Big Footprint Is Green the new tyranny. Monckton uses swastika image with Garnaut… Forced to apologise 

Feb 20, 1989: Canadians host meeting of “Legal and Policy Experts on the Protection of the Atmosphere”

During 20-22 February 1989 the Canadian government hosted an International meeting of Legal and Policy Experts on the Protection of the Atmosphere, in Ottowa. This produced a statement which comprised a series of elements to be included in a framework convention on the protection of the atmosphere. It included the provision that ‘States should consider the possibility of establishing a World Atmosphere Trust Fund. At the same time, the first conference on perspectives on global warming from developing countries was held in New Delhi.

Page 36 Paterson, M (1996)

After the June 1988 Toronto Conference there was a flurry of conferences and high-level meetings, which is what you usually get when an issue bursts onto the public agenda. That’s all a quarter of a century ago, now, and largely forgotten. However, the parameters that were laid down then, and the negotiating positions taken, had huge “path dependency” effects. Hohum.


Other things that happened on this day:

2013 retired admiral titley on climate http://nuweb.neu.edu/cssh/blog/2013/02/climate-change-and-national-security/

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Jan 20, 2011: The gorilla in the room…

On January 20th, 2011, a bureaucrat with “Environment Canada” tells his bosses the truth about an upcoming conference.

Environment Canada is an official body whose “business is protecting the environment, conserving the country’s natural heritage, and providing weather and meteorological information to keep Canadians informed and safe.

They were organising a conference on the “win-win” bits of the climate problem. A bureaucrat made a move that many wouldn’t/don’t – he pointed out to his bosses that this agenda would sidestep the “gorilla in the room.”

After being called by an official from Royal Dutch Shell regarding the April 2011 conference in Banff, Alta., that was to focus on “less controversial” aspects of the climate-change debate, such as energy efficiency and transportation demand management, Beale felt compelled to state what was missing.

“I had to point out – nicely – that the initiative seems to sidestep the gorilla in the room of emission reductions from O&G (oil and gas), but that otherwise, it seems like a great idea,” wrote Beale in the Jan. 20, 2011 email, released to Postmedia News through access to information legislation.

This sadly rare honesty has come to light thanks to the diligence of a journalist Mike De Souza. All Our Yesterday’s Canadian spy rates Mr De Souza highly, which is good enough for us.

See also:

On the pressures on bureaucrats and politicians to compromise/play the game, see the first pages of Guy Pearse’s excellent “High and Dry: John Howard , Climate Change and the Selling of Australia’s Future”

Other things that happened on this day:

2008 CBS News presents rescreens three climate stories

2014 John Gummer calls some green extremists “close to trotskyists”in Guardian interview. (On Gummer, see Jeremy Leggett’s approving comments on him at Geneva in 1996. Gummer “gets it.”)

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