So this is how bizarre 2011 was. Both Labor and the Coalition agreed they would act to reduce Australian emissions 5% by 2020. The Labor lot, allegedly socialist, were going to use market mechanisms. The Coalition, ostensibly in favour of ‘free markets’ were going to us… an expensive government-funded set of incentives and regulations known (for the lulz) as ‘Direct Action.’ Yeah, go figure, #worldturnedupsidedown. In this context former Liberal leader John Hewson (the one who had refused to meet with Australian Conservation Foundation, back in 1992) explained to ABC’s Lateline “how direct action includes an implicit carbon price which is far higher than an ETS.” [At least according to this timeline by Labor’s Mark Butler MP. But the link provided goes through to a Garnaut interview!]
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Thorne, G. 2006. Carbon capture the key to cutting greenhouse gases. Australian Financial Review, 17 March.- “Australia has the opportunity and responsibility to explore emissions-reduction technologies,” writes Grant Thorne, (managing director of Rio Tinto Coal Australia.)
2009 Bernard Keane’s excellent report on the Heartland Institute’s conference. Really worth a read!
We do love a good techno-fix, when the alternative is doing something now about future problems. And so it was that the fossil fuel industry, following the lead/very-gentle-indeed-shove of Bush and Howard, started spruiking ‘clean coal…
This, from the Australian, is worth remembering as a document of those days. It’s all gone horribly wrong, as any adult could have seen (and did)….
Wilson, N. 2004 Turning coal clean and green. The Australian, 21 February.
JUDGING by the heavy hitters attending a conference on the Gold Coast this week, geosequestration is about to get a substantial workover in Australia in the next few years.
Geosequestration is the capture of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and placing them underground. To some environmentalists the concept is about as popular as toxic waste.
For Australia’s biggest export industry, coal, geosequestration may be the difference between death and survival….
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Ross Garnaut had been asked by State Governments and Labor Leader Kevin Rudd in early 2007 to write a report on climate change impacts and what to do. By the time he produced the first report, in early 2008, Rudd had become Prime Minister, gone to Bali for his applause and dodged questions about targets for emissions reductions. Already by mid-February 2008, Garnaut’s strict ‘don’t give loads of money to the miners to shut them up’ line was causing him to be sidelined, as the second report here shows…
Murphy, K. 2008. Climate Change: Act Now. The Age, 21 February.
The Garnaut interim report has put the onus firmly on the Rudd Government to react swiftly to climate change, writes Katharine Murphy.
Anon, 2008. Rudd Government cool on Garnaut’s climate challenge. Brisbane Courier Mail, 21 February.
THE Federal Government has tried to play down its chief climate change adviser’s call for even deeper cuts to dangerous greenhouse gases.
Economist Ross Garnaut, in his interim report on climate change policy released yesterday, said the Government should set a 2020 greenhouse target this year and consider setting a tougher 2050 target.
On April 16th 7 looooong years ago, at the peak of fervour around Carbon Capture and Storage (if you don’t know about it, don’t find out – ignorance is bliss), four unlikely bedfellows got together in Australia. The Australian Coal Association, the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union, the Climate Institute and World Wildlife Fund
“called on the Federal Government to establish a National Carbon Capture and Storage Taskforce to combat climate change… [to] be charged with developing and implementing a nationally coordinated plan to oversee rapid demonstration and commercialisation of 10,000 GWh of carbon capture and storage (CCS) electricity per year by 2020.”