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Feb 23, 2009 – Penny Wong crashes and burns on CPRS

Ah, 2009 – such japes, as the Rudd government, trying to deal with the fall out of the Global Financial Crisis and other crises of its own making also had climate change, that pesky ‘great moral challenge of our generation’ on its to-do list…  And all was not going well, as journalist Simon Butler noted –

Under pressure from the mounting criticisms about how the CPRS cancels out the benefits from individual emissions reductions, Wong responded on the ABC’s 7.30 Report on February 23 that individual reductions will allow the government to increase carbon targets in subsequent years.

This prompted an incredulous response from Andrew Macintosh, associate director of the Australian National University Centre for Climate Law and Policy. “Either Wong doesn’t understand her own scheme or she is deliberately lying”, he wrote on Crikey.com.au on February 24.

Butler, S. 2009.Emissions trading- how to avoid action on climate change. Green Left Weekly, 28 February.

On 2nd March 2009, Wong was on the receiving end of a letter from 65 Climate Action Groups.  Come back for more on that then…

 

Also on this day –

In 1993 Peter Walsh, who had been in Hawke’s Cabinet and decided climate change was a pinko-scam, launched another spray in the Fin. Trust me, it’s not worth reading…-

Walsh, P. 1993. Putting Greenhouse in order. Australian Financial Review, 23 February p. 17

 

In 2002, Labor, having lost the 2001 election for reasons OTHER than its support for the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol, warned that “Bush’s `gift to polluters’ could end up costing the US plenty and Australia, too, if the Coalition insists on following the President’s lead.”

Macken, J. 2002. Kyoto: Counting the costs, Australian Financial Review 23 February

 

 

 

 

 

Feb 22, 2000- Trees for coal swap announced…

In the late 1990s there was a lot of interest in Australia becoming a hub for carbon trading, and being able to use its forests for ‘off-setting’. This was being pushed by a number of credible policy entrepreneurs, not least among them New South Wales Premier Bob Carr, who was frustrated with the Howard government’s bullshit (that’s a technical policy analyst term) on climate change. This from the Guardian covers it nicely-
If you’re interested in the theory behind offsetting, then CheatNeutral is for you…

Zinn, C. 2000. Japan in eco-credit deal with Australia. The Guardian, 22 February
Australian forest authorities have been contracted to plant 40,500 hectares of trees (about 100,000 acres) on behalf of one of Japan’s largest power companies in a controversial scheme to fight global warming.
The trees are meant to offset some of the greenhouse gas emissions generated in Tokyo.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company signed the deal, which could cost up to £50m, with the New South Wales’s forestry division to grow hard and softwood plantations to capture carbon dioxide (CO2).
But environmentalists question whether the project, scheduled to run for 10 years, will work. They claim the area is too small and that the forests must be maintained forever or the CO2 will go back into the atmosphere when the trees are processed.

Also on this day-

As the ‘Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme’ that was announced to universal contempt and derision in the White Paper in December 2008 limps on (ahead of secret negotiations in April), on this day in 2009  “Economists speak out against carbon scheme

According to Opposition Environment Spokesman Mark Butler, in his epic demolition of “Direct Action” –  “22 February 2011: Geoff Carmody, now a Coalition adviser on costings, makes clear in an opinion piece rhetoric on direct action is “unconvincing bluster” which should be subject to Productivity Commission review.”

And this great acronym for a group – bravo!!

Anon, 2013  Goldfields lobby group opposing ‘green extremists‘ ABC. 22 February.A Goldfields lobby group is planning to launch an eleventh hour campaign against what it calls “green extremists”.

The group DAMAGE, Dads And Mums Against Green Extremists, is planning advertisements in a Kalgoorlie newspaper in the last week of the state election campaign.

Jan 31, 2009 – Australia’s first Climate Action Summit begins…

“From January 31 to February 3, 2009, over 150 community based climate action groups and more than 500 people came together in Canberra to talk, debate, strategise and take action on climate change at Australia’s Climate Action Summit.”
You can read more about it here-
http://www.foe.org.au/australias-climate-action-summit

The context was the release in mid-December 2008  of the Rudd government’s White Paper for its Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) which had been panned as a grotesquely inadequate giveaway to the coal industry.  Ross Garnaut had opined

“There is no public policy justification for $3.9 billion in unconditional payments to [electricity] generators in relation to hypothetical future ‘loss of asset value. Never in the history of Australian public finance has so much been given without public policy purpose, by so many, to so few.”

According to Simon Butler the summit

“decided that the CPRS must be prevented from becoming law.

“The Greens’ spokesperson on climate change, Senator Christine Milne, was a keynote speaker at the summit. She commended the grassroots climate movement and said that the Greens aimed to represent the movement’s aims in parliament.

“Milne received a standing ovation after her speech — an accolade received by no other speaker.

So, the activists strategised, but it all seems to have ended in tears, as it so often does. How can radical social movements sustain their passion (anger), energy, morale, resources for the long slog, when faced with external problems and internal ones… Answers on a postcard to the usual address….

Jan 27, 2009 – Cory Bernardi launches ‘Thank God for Carbon’

Ray Evans (who died in 2014) was a tire…less advocate of climate denial, industrial relations ‘reform’ (smash the unions), etc etc.  We will meet him again in the course of this year, because he was pivotal in a variety of denialist 2017-01-27campaigns from the mid-1990s onwards.

On this day 8 years ago, in Adelaide, Senator Cory Bernardi launched his 36 page Nobel Prize worthy extravaganza. This should be seen in the context of Kevin Rudd’s doomed CPRS legislation and the mobilisation against it…

You can read Senator Bernardi’s speech here.

 

Also on this day

In 1995, a a national review for the Federal Government of Australia’s urban environment, released by the Deputy Prime Minister Brian Howe, called for a small carbon tax to cut greenhouse gases, and compulsory fuel-efficiency standards for new cars.

You’ll be shocked, shocked to learn that it didn’t happen…..

Milburn, C. 1995. Study Calls For Carbon Tax To Cut Emissions. The Age, 27 January, p.3.