Monday, 5 December 2016

Lieberals considering carbon tax! *faints*

Abbott campaigning against carbon tax - "Ditch the witch" and Gillard "Bob Brown's bitch"
Lieberals celebrate carbon tax repeal during Abbott gov
Update: Backbench forces Josh Frydenberg into climate policy backdown

My my, how the practicalities of gov change people's minds. This one though is one of the most spectacular, right up there with Howard's "Never ever" GST.

Abbott based the Lieberals whole 2013 election campaign on Julia Gillard's carbon tax, and getting rid of this evil dastardly tax that was going to wipe whole towns off the face of the earth and make lamb roasts cost $100 each. Instead he decided on "direct action" which meant planting a few trees and the like, hopelessly ineffective. But global warming was "crap" anyway according to Abbott.

As soon as the Abbott gov ditched the carbon tax the big polluters emissions increased. Direct action was always just a token gesture to the greenies that was never going to work.

Now the Lieberal gov has ditched the direct action and guess what? Is planning to implement a carbon tax.
The Coalition will consider a form of carbon pricing for power companies as part of a long-awaited review of Australia's climate policies, Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has confirmed. 

The review of the Coalition's direct action policy will focus on electricity price rises, energy security and cutting greenhouse gas emissions but will also look at whether to introduce an emissions intensity scheme for electricity generators – a type of carbon price different to the abolished scheme brought in by the Gillard Labor government. 

The possible resurrection of carbon pricing is likely to trigger intense internal debate within the Coalition once the review gets under way next year, while environment groups and the federal opposition are likely to claim the terms of reference for the departmental review lack ambition, given the threat posed by climate change to the planet. 

Those terms of reference, released by Mr Frydenberg on Monday, also include consideration of a long-term emissions reduction target for beyond 2030 and the use of international carbon permits created through emissions cuts overseas. Sydney Morning Herald  
Abbott launches his "direct action" of tree planting