Via the GWPF and Dr. Benny Peiser – here is a summary of articles discussing the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) future in Australian politics. ETS looks “deader ‘n a doornail” right now.
This graph (courtesy of David Archibald) may help you gauge the impact of the proposed ETS in Australia:
Anti-Green Putsch Down Under: Climate Change Delayers Topple Rudd
Julia Gillard has made no concrete commitment on when to put a price on carbon emissions, despite former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd urging his party to try passing an emissions trading scheme after the election. —Tom Arup, The Age 24 June 2010
In the inner sanctum, Julia Gillard had urged that the Rudd government not honour its election commitment for an emissions trading scheme unless the opposition’s Tony Abbott agreed to one. The deputy prime minister argued strongly with her cabinet colleagues that the government should dump the scheme “because it’s hurting us too much” politically, according to cabinet members. Mr Rudd and the Finance Minister, Lindsay Tanner, opposed her inside the so-called Gang of Four ministers which in effect ran the government. –Peter Hartcher, The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 June 2010
He could not have realised it at the time, but Kevin Rudd presaged the misstep that would ultimately trigger his downfall at a hastily convened news conference well after midnight on the final day of the politically disastrous Copenhagen climate conference. — Adam Morton The Age, 26 June 2010
On Monday green campaigners hit the halls of Parliament House with an air of optimism. Kevin Rudd was opening a window on climate change and they had arrived to ”consult”. Most had been invited into the government’s tent. Instead, drama descended on Parliament House on Wednesday night. A coup was on and Rudd looked finished. Was Bourne and the environment movement watching the window slam shut? —The Sydney Morning Herald. 26 June 2010
Of course, my presence in Australia doing a tour presenting factual skeptical arguments on global warming during all of this drama is completely coincidental – Anthony