RIP Australia's Carbon Tax

Carbontax_tombstoneUPDATE: at ~ 11:14AM local time in Australia, it was repealed!

From ABC: Legislation to scrap the carbon tax has passed the Federal Parliament in a major win for the Abbott Government.

After a lengthy debate, the Senate voted to get rid of the price on carbon, with 39 senators voting for and 32 voting against.

This was the Government’s third attempt to scrap the tax since the election – the first two were rejected by the Senate.

The Australian reports:

THE carbon tax has been repealed, fulfilling Tony Abbott’s “pledge in blood” to abolish the landmark Gillard government scheme.

The Senate passed the government’s amended carbon tax repeal bills by a margin of 39 votes to 32 at 11.14am, with only the Labor Party and the Greens opposing their passage into law.

It was the Senate’s third attempt to pass the repeal legislation.

The vote was held as Bill Shorten gave a clear pledge to take a new carbon pricing mechanism to the next federal election, due in 2016, in the form of an emissions trading scheme.


An ill-fated foray that never made much sense

Guest opinion by Phillip Hutchings

With perhaps a few more grandstanding shenanigans in our Federal Senate this week, Australia’s two-year experiment with a Carbon Tax will soon end. Legislation to kill the tax, which was brought in by the left-leaning Labor-Greens coalition in mid-2012, is now being finalised by our one year-old conservative Government.

That carbon tax has cost three prime ministerships, confused the voting population, and achieved pretty much nothing. Other market dynamics have been far more important in changing Australia’s greenhouse emissions, yet it’s politically insensitive to mention them.

The sanctimoniousness of such a tax in Australia is breathtaking. We are an energy heavy-weight, the world’s largest exporter of coal. Soon we will also be the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas. At the same time as our Labor prime ministers were being successively culled by infighting over the carbon tax, the world’s biggest oil & gas companies were directing more than two-thirds of global investment in LNG production into Australia, the biggest investment boom ever in this country.

We are an economy built on the world’s hunger for fossil fuels. Yet with our gas and coal sources being either offshore or in remote locations, these vital export industries are mostly hidden from Australian voters.

The carbon tax itself was a lightweight. The theory underlying a carbon tax is to provide a long term price signal to drive a change in the industrial and consumer behaviour. On this score, the Australian tax was doomed to failure. After all, politically it had to appeal to the latte-sipping lefties, but without affecting their wallets.

The outcome – a watered-down policy that was all noise and no effect.

To minimise the economic fall-out, the Labor-Green Government limited the carbon tax to large industrial emitters (more than 25,000 CO2e/yr). Road transport and agriculture was exempt. Put together, that meant only about 185 companies in Australia’s US$ 1.5 trillion economy had to comply. And even those few were only lightly touched.

Industries which are “trade exposed” such as cement or aluminium smelting were mostly excused. They got either 66% or 94.5% of their carbon cost covered by the award of free units.

Just over one-third of Australia’s carbon emissions come from coal-fired electricity generators. And the dirtiest electricity comes from the aging brown-coal plants in Victoria – with almost double the emissions of modern gas-fired plants. Yet being located in a Labor-voting union heartland, they too got off lightly with the first half of their emissions effectively carbon- tax free. Nice.

None of which gave much incentive at all for carbon reduction. It’s hard to see any evidence at all of industries making long term investments in lower carbon-emitting factories or generating plants.

The domestic airlines got slugged with an extra 6 c/litre fuel excise, surely as crude a carbon tax as you can get. How was that supposed to reduce emissions? Yep, sure, aircraft fleets get renewed over time, and you bet, fuel efficiency is a factor when selecting alternative aircraft. But a surcharge on fuel itself was not going to change Qantas’ emissions.

So as a policy instrument, Australia’s carbon tax was never going to change emissions itself. It was a neutered program, raising Government revenue but not effective in changing behaviour.

Source – Quarterly Update of Australia’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory: December 2013 Australia’s National Greenhouse Account

Yet, Australia’s greenhouse emissions have been declining for almost eight years. After decades of steady increase, that pause in carbon emissions since 2007 is striking. And it started six years before the carbon tax was implemented. It’s pretty easy to find the main reason for that – a steady fall in national electricity consumption. Latest figures show that Australia’s electricity use is at the lowest level since 2006. And with three-quarters of Australia’s electricity coming from carbon-intensive coal-fired sources, the fall in electricity use has led directly to a pause in carbon emissions.

But what caused Australian consumers to wind back their power use over the past eight years? Simple price elasticity, that’s what. There’s been huge investment in the network, the poles and wires to deliver (as opposed to generate) electricity. In most states, that led to a doubling of retail electricity prices. And yes, consumers did respond to that price signal, changing from electrical profligacy to parsimony. Nothing to do with the carbon tax, it was the regulated electricity supply industry recouping their capital investment.

What did we learn from this? The theory behind a carbon tax works fine – provide a price signal, and the consumer responds. It’s just that in this case, it was nothing to do with the carbon tax and all to do with regulated utilities doubling power prices as they caught up on network investment.

Here’s another little perverse change. Some years ago, I helped a fledgling gas producer negotiate a long term gas sales contract for electricity generation. The customer was a state Government-owned electricity generator, then setting up a new flagship and clean gas-fired generation plant. That helped shift the state’s generation sources ten years ago away from dirty coal, and into cleaner gas.

Yet earlier this year, that generator announced the closure of its gas generation in favour of dirtier coal generation. The reason? With three large export LNG plants now being commissioned for export, that gas is worth more for sale to China than for powering my fridge. In effect, a state Government snubbed its nose at the intent, let alone the price signal, from the Federal carbon tax.

So as a policy instrument, Australia’s carbon tax has been a failure. It never could have worked. And politically, it’s been a graveyard. Let’s hope politicians and bureaucrats from more enlightened jurisdictions study it and learn.

Australia’s carbon tax – no wonder it’s about to be buried.


17 July: ABC: Emma Griffiths: Live blog: Senate looks set to push through carbon tax repeal

Tony Abbott’s promise to “axe the tax” looks set to be fulfilled by the Senate in the next few hours…

Follow ABC News Online’s live blog for updates and commentary as they happen…

10.19: Simon Cullen: Earlier this morning, the Senate voted down a Labor amendment which would’ve converted the carbon tax to a floating carbon price…

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John Riddell
July 16, 2014 6:16 pm

It just passed.
I was watching as it happened.
39 votes to 32

July 16, 2014 6:19 pm

raising Government revenue but not effective in changing behaviour.

IN the final analysis, that is what it is all about. More revenue and control for government. Why do you think they “invest” so much in CAGW? There are many more worthy endeavors – cancer, heart disease, AIDS, Ebola (in the news of late).
But those are money losers to government. CAGW is a money raiser. As I said over at Joanne’s blog, not a single plan put forth by alarmists will do anything about ACO2. Or the climate. They all will reduce freedom, impoverish people, and result is millions of deaths due to lack of cheap affordable energy.

R. Shearer
July 16, 2014 6:22 pm

How about a tax on carbon dioxide?

July 16, 2014 6:28 pm

Congratulations Aussies, I hope Abbott and Harper can form a powerful alliance in leading resistance to COP21 in Paris next year. There must be a lot of happy but envious people in the U.K. right now, their current Prime Minister (Cameron) who appears hell bent on maintaining the fraud for the benefit of the wind folly industry and various troughers.

July 16, 2014 6:30 pm

much excitement in Australia at the moment. is this a defining moment in the CAGW saga? hope so. doubt if we would have come this far without the dedication of sceptics like Joanne Nova & Anthony Watts, etc. many thanx to all who have fought to bring some sanity into the debate.

Chris in Queensland
July 16, 2014 6:48 pm

Thank God that’s over.

Keith Minto
July 16, 2014 6:55 pm

Phillip, thanks , a well written summary of the silly saga.

July 16, 2014 6:57 pm

I’ll save my beer until the repeal is passed – Labour is trying very hard to derail the repeal with a filibuster, and we still don’t know for sure that Palmer is sincere about wanting to repeal the tax.

July 16, 2014 7:02 pm

Yes, Joanne Nova is a breath of fresh air…(along with Anthony Watts).
Has anyone found the tropical hot spot, or the other 3 major global warming things that are supposed to happen, which nobody has come up with answers to – for Jo Nova?

July 16, 2014 7:14 pm

Eric Worrall –
it passed 39-32 at 11.15am eastern australia time today, thursday 17 July 2014.

July 16, 2014 7:18 pm

There is a saying………chickens and hatched or something.
After all, it’s not their money they are playing with.

July 16, 2014 7:22 pm

As I recall, Australia has commercial uranium resources, but no nuclear power plants, likely due to their abundance of cheap coal. Australia has a population roughly 6 times larger than the state of South Carolina, which currently has 6500 MWs of capacity and provides 57% of the state’s power.
Based on population figures, Australia could produce roughly 50% of her power with 24 Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear power plants. I assume that would eliminate most or all of
the country’s need for coal generated power. Cost would be on the order of probably $110 billion
USD and that could be repaid in roughly 50 years if 1 cent per kilowatthour were sent to the treasury. Production costs should be on the order of 4 cents per kWhr, which includes everything – fuel, ops and maintenance, decommissioning costs ($300 to $500 million) , nuclear waste storage, repayment costs,etc. Plants would have a guaranteed lifespan of 60 years, a likely lifespan of more than 75 years.

July 16, 2014 7:23 pm

Phillip Hutchings will have to find a new job now and get used to not calling Carbon Dioxide dirty. He is just another parasite that had attached himself to the green gravy train.

July 16, 2014 7:24 pm

R. Shearer says:
July 16, 2014 at 6:22 pm
How about a tax on carbon dioxide?
When we use the term carbon tax we actually mean the organic GHGs tax (appropriately weighted) .

a happy little debunker
July 16, 2014 7:37 pm

Now we need to get rid of the abominable Renewable Energy Target.

July 16, 2014 7:44 pm

How about a tax linked to the discrepancy between climate models and temperatures.?

July 16, 2014 7:50 pm

Col Mosby says:
July 16, 2014 at 7:22 pm
Nuclear power is a diabolical swear word in Oz and not allowed to be mentioned without 24/7 howls from the Greens and Labor.
These same clowns have wanted to penalize our little remaining manufacturing industry without ever allowing us the cost effective means to get the CO2 monkey off our back. As an example it takes about 17 tonne of CO2 (coal fired electricity) to make 1 tonne of Al which is mostly exported (at $24/tonne and increasing price for CO2 it would sink Al). Cement generates about 50% of its CO2 from the intrinsic chemical process.
Gas electric power, which is now more expensive than coal for power due to export our prices, would only reduce CO2 by about 40%.
We have finally got this monkey off our backs. Sure we will fit in with the rest of the world in the pretence that we can change the climate, just in a more subdued way.

July 16, 2014 7:51 pm

Misdirection can only go so long until it is straightened out.
Policy makers are the last to learn .
This is a very good thing that will have huge policy implications globally.
So now what?
No really, now what?
Have we handicapped our ability to see clearly through our current climate science initiatives?

July 16, 2014 7:52 pm

Truly a day that will go down in history in Australia. Honestly it’s been HILARIOUS watching the head-shaking, shaming, sanctimonious leftists twisting themselves inside out.
They TRULY BELIEVE. Really. They actually, honestly believe that repealing this useless drain on their economy will destroy the planet. I stand in awe at the stupid.

July 16, 2014 7:52 pm

Reuters’ one-sentence report (at time of posting):
17 July: Reuters: Matt Siegel: Australian parliament repeals carbon tax, emissions trading scheme
The Australian Senate voted on Thursday to scrap the country’s carbon tax and plans for emissions trading, a major victory for conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott that leaves uncertainty about how Australia will meet its carbon reduction goals…

July 16, 2014 7:54 pm

I’ve long been of the opinion that the climate debate will be settled not by science, but by economics. When push comes to shove, any government that puts in place taxes high enough to make a substantive difference is sentencing their country to economic ruin.

Paul Westhaver
July 16, 2014 7:57 pm

Of the numerous NERDs who frequent Anthony’s Blog, are any of you keeping score of how many National Governments that have abandoned the Carbon Tax scheme?
I know of some, but then come the subordinate jurisdictions like provinces and states, and municipalities. As far as NATIONS go, how many aren’t involved in Carbon tax?

July 16, 2014 7:58 pm

The ever charming Australian Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young was obviously pleased when just after the vote she tweeted “climate sceptic grubs”.
I’ll wear that description like a badge of honour thanks SH-Y.

Reply to  Heywood
July 17, 2014 7:08 am

@Heywood – Initially (about 40 years ago), a hyphenated last name stood for snootiness. Only those who had the where withal or were supposed to be smart had them. The common folk settled for a single last name.
Then along comes Shirley Jackson-Lee in the US and Sarah Hanson-Young in Oz (among others), and instead of imbuing the reader with a sense of privilege or intelligence, a hyphenated last name conjures up images of ignorance and stupidity.
They succeeded! Now every time I see one, I think the owner is a moron who is waiting for pictures of a flag on Mars or their tax ship to come in.

July 16, 2014 7:58 pm

Correct me if I’m wrong, but did they do anything other than leave the door open ?

July 16, 2014 8:01 pm

Horrifying quote from Aussie Senator:
Christine Milne, Senate, Tuesday:
I THINK at some point we will have a website of climate criminals and I would have a few people to put on that list. It would include Dick Warburton, Brian Fisher, David Murray, Maurice Newman, Mitch Hooke and so you could go on, with Chris Mitchell, Gina Rinehart, Innes Willox, Ian Plimer, Rupert Murdoch, George Pell, Andrew Bolt, John Roskam, Martin Ferguson and so on and so forth. In years to come, those people will try to pretend that they did not tear down the climate bills, when they have and the record will clearly show it. … To all those people partying around the corridors, enjoy it because it is your last stand. The fact is you have misjudged the temperature … When we look at the temperature of the planet rising, let us look at the climate science. The fact of the matter is we are on track for four to six degrees of warming. That means people will not survive. Part of the world will be uninhabitable. There will be one million deaths per week for the next 90 years if it gets to 4 degrees.
No one could possibly be that foolish. Honestly.

July 16, 2014 8:04 pm

FANTASTIC!!! As an Australian I am proud of our Govt in fighting for the Scientific truth on Climate Change.
I would like to see our so called “Climate Scientists” being forced to wake up to this truth instead of their constant intellectual crap about “what will happen one day” Hooray!!!

July 16, 2014 8:06 pm

It is ironic that the sun is spotless today and this is right in the middle of the solar cycle! Portending future cooling?
Although Sarah Hansen-Young tweeted “sorry” to her future grandchildren
my children will be able to keep the heaters on a bit longer at night for my grandchildren.

July 16, 2014 8:10 pm

This is great news for freedom-loving non-socialist countries around the world. I hope they take note. Which countries are non-socialist???

July 16, 2014 8:33 pm

Bulldust says:
July 16, 2014 at 6:18 pm
And there was much rejoicing!
Amid the wailing and gnashing of teeth. 🙂

July 16, 2014 8:34 pm

I’ve lived in Chicago my whole life, this is nothing more than a minor setback that will invigorate the troops.
Right ?

July 16, 2014 8:38 pm

Meanwhile the Australian Labour Party (the equivalent of the US Democrats) vow to bring it back if they win government, in conjunction with their Greens party allies. Although the Labour Party vowed not to introduce it prior to the last election, then introduced it, then vowed to “terminate” the carbon tax at the last election, and have now decided to bring it back. So their position could still change a half dozen times before the next election anyway.

Bruce of Newcastle
July 16, 2014 8:39 pm

We are very happy. Truth has overcome the forces of ignorance, for the moment anyway since here is what our Greens leader said a couple hours ago:

Global warming is not going away, it’s accelerating

That would be accelerating at 0.000 C/year according to the climate data.
Very hard to imagine how global warming could accelerate less fast than this.

Dudley Horscroft
July 16, 2014 8:42 pm

TomR,Worc,MA,USA says: July 16, 2014 at 8:01 pm Horrifying quote from Aussie Senator:
“Christine Milne, Senate, Tuesday: ….. There will be one million deaths per week for the next 90 years if it gets to 4 degrees.”
Try back of envelope calculation:
Current world population 7 thousand million. Average life expectancy 70 years. Hence annual number of deaths 100 million. Hence deaths per week 1 923 077.
She is right, you know – there will be one million (actually nearer two million) deaths per week!
Perhaps she is forecasting that the weekly death rate will fall to 1 million per week. If so, then those of us in the late 70s can look forward to a long and happy life.
Thank you, Tony, and all the other Liberal Party members who have worked so hard for this outcome.

Eugene WR Gallun
July 16, 2014 8:55 pm

TomR,Wore, MA,USA July 16, 2014 8:01pm
“And the widows of Ashur are loud in their wail” — Lord Byron
Eugene WR Gallun

HGW xx/7
July 16, 2014 8:59 pm

This is a huge victory, but after going and reading the words of these true believers – in the quotes from so-called “esteemed” senators, the tweets from the Green Party Hyphen – it feels as if it’s a Phyrric one. These people really believe. They are beyond hope. They start their arguments with “Because science,” and then follow it up with nothing but pure, unfettered, unscientific emotion. It’s disturbing.
This is no surprise; the fringes of the political spectrum run on emotion. The fact that it is able to mascarade as “science” and “public policy” is mind-boggling. They are the answer to the Religious Right in the US with two very dangerous additions: A) they want to control EVERY aspect of your life – economic AND personal, and B) they are too stupid to even see it. It’s emotion and belief, mascarading as truth. Vile, disgusting filth.
Cherish this day, normal people of Australia, because they have way too much invested in this to give up. Instead of sending sanctimonious tweets to your future offspring, make a real difference and fight to make sure this tax stays buried in the compost heap whence it was unearthed from.

Jeff D
July 16, 2014 9:03 pm

I wonder if i could have the status of ” Climate Refugee ” by moving from the insanity the US has started with the GW agenda to AU?
Way to go guys, gratz.

July 16, 2014 9:06 pm

I’ve been hard on Joanne Nova lately due to wiggle matching promotion but indeed she was instrumental in this profound backlash as was in a more subtle sense John Ray of the Greenie Watch blog. Christopher Monckton’s tour or two down under was also profoundly important. As whole countries fall to skepticism, the future will fill with demands that climate alarm skeptics be sought out for their rational opinions on policy matters in general. For the first time in history, the people involved in a monstrous scientific scam have been recorded in real time in a permanent archive thanks to a few Silicon Valley archivists.
Even India just declared Greenpeace to be a national threat. That’s over a billion people learning about yet another awakening amounting really to just a crazy cult. China is obviously only interested in climate alarm to promote their own needs over those of the West, so that adds another billion people to the skeptical cause. Africa is already on our side, being destroyed by Greenpeace, so another billion people we can count as allies. Russia hasn’t uttered a peep of climate alarm, but being so cold we only get a fraction of a billion there, converted. Canada is strongly skeptical now, a tiny sliver of a billion.
That leave’s Europe to conquer.
“The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one’s self to destiny.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
Putting strong pressure on working scientists to speak out lest they be drawn into being further enablers of a scam is now the best lever, as is outreach to urban professionals, both who lean left wing politically, so it becomes equally important to distance climate alarm skepticism from partisan politics now that the right wing is using it as some big crazy conspiracy theory as if simpleton Sarah “Fruit Fly Research in Paris, France” Palin was their divine goddess.
“The men who have changed the world…never succeeded by winning over the powerful, but always by stirring the masses. The first method is a resort to intrigue and only brings limited results. The latter is the course of genius and changes the face of the world.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

July 16, 2014 9:11 pm

Cool & The Gang

July 16, 2014 9:13 pm

I have champagne in the fridge! 😀

July 16, 2014 9:26 pm

Christine Milne just shows that you don’t have to be bright to become a senator. She makes W Bush look intelligent.
In fact within the greens its the opposite, intelligence is a disadvantage, but I can tell you she isn’t respected outside her own party. All she can do is pander to their pathetic little prejudices with Monty Python like witchhunt logic. The best evidence not to listen to the greens is their words themselves. Nobody will vote such nincompoops into real power, unless we abandon centuries or rationalism and reason.
What a joke!, making lists of anyone who disagrees with you as some sort of round up criminal system. She missed her chance, she should have been born in early 20th century Russia.

July 16, 2014 9:26 pm

HGW xx/7 says:
July 16, 2014 at 8:59 pm
Don’t give up hope. Once the cycle of studying liberal arts gives way to studying actual science like chemistry, physics, mathematics, geology, geography, geophysics (well maybe that;s too much) water and earth sciences we will see a change in attitude. Everything has a cycle. It must be hard science up soon.

July 16, 2014 9:44 pm

Youtube 4’37: ‘The Parliament finally listened’: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

July 16, 2014 9:50 pm

“So as a policy instrument, Australia’s carbon tax has been a failure. It never could have worked. And politically, it’s been a graveyard. Let’s hope politicians and bureaucrats from more enlightened jurisdictions study it and learn.” This is what will be the death knell of CAGW. Not truth,economics, or the media. It’s a political play so only votes can kill it.

Bill Parsons
July 16, 2014 9:55 pm

And the reaction from the White House (… is he back from that golfing junket to Florida yet?) to come swift and mealy-mouthed. Miliseconds til the word “pariah” is used. Josh Ernest will josh the press earnestly from his elevated stool in the Kindergarten room.
Seriously, you have to wonder how much pressure U.S. put on Australia, perhaps through the World Bank or other means, not to repeal. Bad, bad example you fellows just set.

Evan Jones
July 16, 2014 10:04 pm

She makes W Bush look intelligent.
“George W. Bush was straightforward and direct. The stupidest misconception was that he was stupid.” ~ Tony Blair
(It is true that dubya was not the brightest president. He is only somewhat smarter than I am.)

July 16, 2014 10:07 pm

davidmhoffer says:
July 16, 2014 at 7:54 pm
I’ve long been of the opinion that the climate debate will be settled not by science, but by economics.
I’ve long been of the opinion that climate sensitivity to a doubling of CO2 will also be determined by the electorate.
Well done climate “scientists”. Did you enjoy your worthless and destructive lives ?

July 16, 2014 10:08 pm

Rejoice ye blokes
In happy Oz!
On whom one of
The dumbest laws
That ever greens
Managed to foist
Now’s the petard
By which they’re hoist
Yet also quash
The “primal whine”
That will inform
The party-line
Dictated by
The hive’s Al Gore
Who this triumph
Will sure deplore
By pointing out
The CO2
That Gore’s good-times
Emit a-spew
And by outing
Ev’ry hive-leech
Who does not live
The cant they preach
Which is to say
Most ev’ry strain
Of greenshirt on
The gravy-train

Janice Moore
July 16, 2014 10:12 pm

SUCH good news!
Good on ya, Australia!!!

Grinning from ear to ear, here in the U.S.A..
WAY — TO — GO!!

Bill Parsons
July 16, 2014 10:12 pm

Dudley Horscroft says:
July 16, 2014 at 8:42 pm
TomR,Worc,MA,USA says: July 16, 2014 at 8:01 pm Horrifying quote from Aussie Senator:
“Christine Milne, Senate, Tuesday: ….. There will be one million deaths per week for the next 90 years if it gets to 4 degrees.”
“She is right, you know – there will be one million (actually nearer two million) deaths per week!”

Wouldn’t this make her about half-right?

Janice Moore
July 16, 2014 10:14 pm

And, since I prayed, I must say a quiet (and not shared by many, here on WUWT, I know…) thank You, Lord (as in El Shaddai).

July 16, 2014 10:30 pm

“Christine Milne, Senate, Tuesday: ….. There will be one million deaths per week for the next 90 years if it gets to 4 degrees.”
Yeah, but look on the bright side for humanity Christine, one of them will be yours.

July 16, 2014 10:31 pm

“The vote was held as Bill Shorten gave a clear pledge to take a new carbon pricing mechanism to the next federal election, due in 2016, in the form of an emissions trading scheme.”
Mr. Shorten is obviously preparing for a second consecutive term in opposition.

HGW xx/7
July 16, 2014 10:39 pm

I must add: why are all these psychotic, anti-humanist Greenies having children at all? They can’t stand “breeders”! Humans are sinful. It’s all part of their mantra. Don’t they know the number one way to reduce your carbon footprint is to not have kids?
Seriously, how many Green mouthpieces have large families? Al Gore, Suzuki…Hansen has a ton of grandkids, doesn’t he? The Hyphen’s tweet to the “future” should have read, “I regret having you as my grandchildren. You are my hypocrisy’s Scarlet Letter. Namaste.”

July 16, 2014 10:44 pm

Today Australia, tomorrow the world!
Time to end this inane hoax once and for all. Opposition leader Shorten in Australia has pledged to bring the tax back if his party is re-elected. Hopefully this is the pattern world over, with every activist, journalist and politician who ever sought to promote or profit from this snivelling idiocy sidelined from any position of power or social influence.
Global warming was a global IQ test with results permanently recorded on the internet. The Australian Labor/Green socialist alliance failed, now and forever.

Dudley Horscroft
Reply to  Konrad
July 16, 2014 11:21 pm

Unfortunately the climate scientists have not been put out of work, but I have unearthed a like project that may well occupy their time:-
“The first man I saw was of a meagre aspect, with sooty hands and face, his hair and beard long, ragged, and singed in several places. His clothes, shirt, and skin, were all of the same colour. He has been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put in phials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw inclement summers. He told me, he did not doubt, that, in eight years more, he should be able to supply the governor’s gardens with sunshine, at a reasonable rate: but he complained that his stock was low, and entreated me “to give him something as an encouragement to ingenuity, especially since this had been a very dear season for cucumbers.” I made him a small present, for my lord had furnished me with money on purpose, because he knew their practice of begging from all who go to see them.” [L. Gulliver]

July 16, 2014 10:52 pm

May God bless AUS.

Janice Moore
July 16, 2014 10:58 pm

An “… emissions trading scheme, ” eh?
Better watch this first, Shortem (oops — I typed an “m” instead of an “n”).
Ponzi Schemes Explained (AP)

All CO2-l1e profiteering is DOOMED TO FAIL.
(and that includes all the windmill scams, too… just — a — matter — of — time)
In the end, the truth comes out.
Truth wins. EVERY time.

July 16, 2014 11:21 pm

“our Greens leader said a couple hours ago:”

Global warming is not going away, it’s accelerating

Senator Milne: ” The fact of the matter is we are on track for four to six degrees of warming. That means people will not survive. Part of the world will be uninhabitable. There will be one million deaths per week for the next 90 years if it gets to 4 degrees.”
Milne’s soul source of informaiton about climate science seems be a film by someone who does not understand the basics of science.
Don’t these idiots even bother looking at the data before trying introduce/stop legislation?

July 16, 2014 11:23 pm

Great day here in Oz.
Of course I now have to endure all the lefties telling me that I’ve sentendced my children and grandchildren to death.
Of course, with the tax gone, those who supported it could always cut their own emissions voluntarily. *crickets*

July 16, 2014 11:29 pm

” Opposition leader Shorten in Australia has pledged to bring the tax back if his party is re-elected. ”
These guys really don’t learn, do they?
They got elected by promising NOT to introduce a carbon tax , then did. That dishonesty lost them two priministers and the next election. Do they really think that saying they will reintroduce it will be more popular than lying and saying they won’t?
They could save themselves a whole lot of heartache if they just looked at what global temperatures have been doing for the last 20 years.

Tim Neilson
July 16, 2014 11:31 pm

I haven’t followed it closely but the Coalition had to do some sort of deal with a number of the deranged self-seeking imbeciles in the Senate to get this through, so there may be some bad news (at least for us Australians) as well as the good news.
Still, it’s a massive step back towards some basic level of competence in government.

July 16, 2014 11:45 pm

About bloody time! (Third time lucky)

July 16, 2014 11:52 pm

At 11:14am (Canberra time), a huge sigh of relief rose from all over Australia as the lunatic Carbon (Dioxide) tax passed into history. The tax has had zero effect on CO2 levels, as the current reductions in the gas emissions were due to closures of Australian industry following poor Labour Party policies over the last six years, as well as increased efficiency of the remaining struggling industries. Even if the tax had had the advertised effect, it would have (theoretically following IPCC figures) lowered World temperature by only 1/4000 of a C degree.
Attempts to re-introduce a CO2 tax or trading scheme will now be political poison for the Labour Party and the Greens.

July 17, 2014 12:35 am

Not so fast. The price on carbon (Tax) maybe scrapped but I understand the framework for an ETS is still in place, which was waht was in Palmers proposal (Unless that changed recently). So as one commenter above stated, the door is still open to some form on “price on carbon”.

July 17, 2014 12:42 am


Ivor Ward
July 17, 2014 1:19 am

Brent Walker says:
July 16, 2014 at 8:06 pm
Although Sarah Hansen-Young tweeted “sorry” to her future grandchildren
Surely if you actually believed the calamity you were preaching you would not be cluttering the world with your own future CO2 emitters. SHJ seems stuck in the cycle of hypocricy.

July 17, 2014 1:22 am

Patrick, that will be separate legislation and that will need more support from the lower, which means it has no chance of passing.

July 17, 2014 1:42 am

I can even see Labor unions protecting their jobs by adopting the chant – Carbon Bill had no chance and never Will, and if Bill Shorten persists in his dream or raising a dead tax, his opponents will move on his position as opposition leader, the chant will be “Carbon Bill” has no chance and never will! l as they move to shorten his term as leader! An extension of the Gore effect?

July 17, 2014 2:11 am

It’s sad. I see posts at various social sites with comments from friends along the lines of them apologising to their kids for the scarpping of the carbon tax.

July 17, 2014 2:13 am

“classicalhero7 says:
July 17, 2014 at 1:22 am”
Ah ok. It was just something I overheard on a newscast with bully boy Palmer. I have been a little distracted lately so may have missed the context.

July 17, 2014 2:58 am

The fact remains that when former Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan called The Carbon Tax “Landmark economic policy” or words to that effect, the jig was up. It had nothing to do with the environment, it was all about wealth re-distribution. Carbon Tax…RIP…

Old Ranga
July 17, 2014 3:07 am

Australians all, let us rejoice.

Old Ranga
July 17, 2014 3:12 am

My pseudonym should read Old Ranga from Oz. Slap bang in the middle of a Greens-held electorate in the middle of Melbourne. If I thought Anthony would let me get away with it, I’d add “Up yours!”

July 17, 2014 3:17 am

Humility demands that when we skeptics are called upon in 2020 to run the world that we too will screw it all up, get cocky, and jump off of the wrong bridges.

July 17, 2014 3:18 am

Reuters corrects a ranking, but not in the sub-heading! Lowy needs to withdraw the ridiculous poll, which no-one believed:
17 July: Reuters: Matt Siegel: CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Australian parliament repeals carbon tax, emissions trading scheme
(Corrects ranking in paragraph two)
Australia axes world’s second biggest ETS before it starts
Embattled PM Abbott picks up a big political victory
Australia is one of the world’s biggest carbon emitters on a per capita basis and abandoning plans for the world’s third largest emissions trading scheme (ETS) after Europe and Guangdong, set to begin from 2015, is a major setback for global CO2 trading…
(LOL) Scrapping the carbon tax will be seized on by Abbott as a major political victory, at a time when support for his government has slumped following an unpopular budget in May, but the cost may be high.
Last month the Lowy Institute released a poll showing that concern about climate change amongst Australians was up nine points since 2012 and that 45 percent of adults think measures should be taken to prevent it “even if this involves significant costs”…

Leo Geiger
July 17, 2014 3:25 am

Meanwhile, the revenue neutral carbon tax in British Columbia continues to be a success:

The latest numbers from Statistics Canada show that B.C.’s policy has been a real environmental and economic success after six years. Far from a being a “job killer,” it is a world-leading example of how to tackle one of the greatest global challenges of our time: building an economy that will prosper in a carbon-constrained world.

July 17, 2014 3:29 am

Mother Nature joins the sceptics’ party:
17 July: Bendigo Advertiser: Snow falls on central Victoria: Pictures, video
Snow could fall as low as 600 metres, possibly settling on the Dandenong and Macedon Ranges, Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Chris Godfred told The Age…
17 July: Herald Sun: Snow falls on Yarra Ranges as wintry blast blankets Melbourne
And a winter wonderland was created at Savoia Restaurant Mont de Lancey in Wandin North, when heavy hail settled on the ground creating a picturesque sight this afternoon…

July 17, 2014 3:50 am

Lots of lefty teeth-gnashing over at the UK Guardian. Do they not like that.
A sure sign that common sense has prevailed. Well done Oz. When will our lot start to see some climate sense?

Mike Ozanne
July 17, 2014 3:51 am

A million extra climate related deaths a week for 90 years? 4.7 billion extra deaths, *really* ???!!!
Who’s in charge of making this stuff up…

July 17, 2014 3:57 am

Australia, leading the world back to climate sanity!
(4 pages)17 July: Reuters: REFILE-Global carbon market hopes fade as Australia dumps CO2 trading
By Naomi Tajitsu and Nina Chestney
The goal of a global carbon market to tackle climate change, once touted to reach $2 trillion by 2020, received a major setback when Australia on Thursday scrapped its planned carbon trading scheme, which would have been the world’s third biggest…
“There’s a realisation that linking … is not going to happen within the 2020 timeframe,” said Andrei Marcu, head of the Carbon Market Forum at the Centre for European Studies in Brussels, referring to when a new global treaty on emissions reduction is expected to begin.
Another looming setback to connecting markets and eventually setting a global price on polluting carbon is the possibility that New Zealand’s ETS, small but one of the first to be established, will be scrapped after a September election…
Currently there is no universal carbon price, each ETS operates under different rules and sets individual prices, ranging from around 20 U.S. cents to $45 a tonne, yet a tonne of polluting carbon in each country is the same…
“Linking the Australian to the European ETS could have been a catalyst for linking systems together,” said Ingvild Sorhus, an Oslo-based senior analyst at Point Carbon, which is owned by Thomson Reuters. “The repeal of the Australian scheme has to be considered as being one step backwards in this regard.”…
“A new global (climate) agreement is highly unlikely to be reached any year in the future. I’d rather see more room for national or regional mechanisms spreading all around in the short-term,” said Matteo Mazzoni, carbon analyst at Italy’s Nomisma Energia…
Last month, China launched the seventh and final regional pilot carbon market, but plans to set up a national trading scheme remain fraught with uncertainty…

July 17, 2014 4:24 am

the major problem in Australia we now have a senate formed by a unruly bunch of people if they had two brains one would be lonely

Gary Pearse
July 17, 2014 4:26 am

Phillip, economic slowdown must also have had an effect on emissions, particularly low metal prices and the general softening of Chinese demand.

July 17, 2014 4:29 am

Great move Australia, kinda makes Obama look like a community organizer.

July 17, 2014 4:49 am

Abbott, and the left leaning MSM, have created such a state of fear (Budget “cuts”) that Abbott (If he is not ousted before and replaced by Turnbull) and the LNP will lose the next federal election. ALP and the Greens will win and Australia will have an ETS. What is needed is a direct rejection of the New Zealand ETS, elections soon (A possibility). And Obama to lose his administration in the next election in the US before c(r)ap and trade.

July 17, 2014 5:45 am

Reblogged this on Centinel2012 and commented:
I’m glad somebody gets it right.

July 17, 2014 6:19 am

Great stuff!
That should upset a few Watermelons.

July 17, 2014 6:45 am

There will be one million deaths per week for the next 90 years if it gets to 4 degrees.
then explain why people that live in the tropics are not dropping like flies. it is already 4 degrees hotter there than at the poles, and it the poles, not the equator that is predicted to warm up.

July 17, 2014 6:56 am

Meanwhile, the revenue neutral carbon tax in British Columbia continues to be a success:
When BC’s tax was introduced it was nothing more than a scheme to take taxpayer money and funnel it to friends of the government. It took a HUGE amount of public effort, including a scathing report by BC’s Auditor General for the government to clean up its act. Along the way, Gordon Campbell, BC’s then Premier that introduced the tax, got booted out on his ass.
For this is really what the carbon tax is all about. Cleaning up government. BC already has a world class physical environment. It is the political environment that is polluted.

July 17, 2014 7:01 am

Meanwhile, the revenue neutral carbon tax in British Columbia continues to be a success:
From 2008 through to 2011 (latest data), 8 provinces in Canada saw an increase in real, inflation-adjusted, wages and total income. Only two provinces saw decreases, Ontario and B.C.
Source: Statistics Canada CANSIM table 202-0407

July 17, 2014 7:14 am

The carbon tax in BC has certainly reduced gasoline sales in BC. The naive person will see this as success. But it ignores reality.
About 1/2 of the population of BC lives within 30 miles of the US border. It is a simple matter to cross over the border, fill your tank, and do your weekly grocery shopping. The prices in Washington State are much lower than in BC, so the trip quickly pays for itself.
As such, the true beneficiary of BC’s tax policy is the US. Which explains why US backers pour so much money into BC politics. Helping elect BC politicians that follow California’s disastrous policies.
First we got California Stucco, and as a result BC’s leaky condo scandal, with homeowners on the hook for billions in repairs. Now we are on the bleeding edge of California’s wacko environmental policies, with Vancouver BC transformed into 24×7 traffic gridlock to satisfy the environmental lobby.

Rod Everson
July 17, 2014 7:57 am

Senator Boehner, take note of the following if you end up as the Senate Majority Leader in 2015: Australia was able to ashcan the carbon tax by a vote of 39-32. That’s 71 votes total. 39/71=55%.
If the Senate retains it’s insane 60% filibuster rule, you will be unable to effect the sort of change required to follow in Australia’s footsteps. The current occupant of the office understood that when he dropped the rule to enable him to approve President Obama’s appointments. Hopefully, you will learn from his example and drop it altogether.

Reply to  Rod Everson
July 17, 2014 1:55 pm

@Rod Everson – Boehner is the house – Speaker of the House.
Senator McConnell is the minority leader in the senate.

July 17, 2014 8:29 am

So much for the 97 percent settled science consensus and its carbon tax policy.

Frank K.
July 17, 2014 9:42 am

Please inform the left-wing, progressives who support high taxes such as the “carbon tax” that they CAN, in fact, arrange to pay **as much as they want** to the government for global warming and anything else…
(Let’s see how many of them actually voluntarily pay for such as tax on their own…)

July 17, 2014 9:53 am

The money shell game just got busted.

July 17, 2014 11:19 am

Since the Greens and Labor senators are making lists of enemy names, where do plan to build the internment camps?

Geoffrey Fenner
July 17, 2014 12:43 pm

Hmmm… I thought our self flagellation, here in the U.S., was supposed to result in the rest of the world getting in-line to punish themselves. This whole Global Warming, Climate Change, or whatever we are calling it these days, just isn’t working.

July 17, 2014 2:20 pm

Leo Geiger says:
July 17, 2014 at 3:25 am

Meanwhile, the revenue neutral carbon tax in British Columbia continues to be a success

Citing a bunch of lefties writing in The Globe&Mail is hardly persuasive.

July 17, 2014 3:10 pm

Well, this is great news – how can we get this Tony guy to run for Governor in California?

Mr Black
July 18, 2014 3:40 am

It confuses me that coal is regarded as “dirty” on the basis of its CO2 emissions when pretty much everyone on this side of the fence thinks human CO2 emissions have a trivial effect on the environment. When we use the language of the enemy (and they ARE the enemy, of all humanity) then we’ve already lost half the battle. Coal is not dirty and gas is not clean. They are simply fuels to be burnt.

Michael John Elliott
July 18, 2014 6:30 pm

But lets not forget both the 20% of renewables by 2020, and the Green Bank left by Julia, taxpayers money to be spent by the Greens for ever.
We must get rid of all things Green, they do nothing for the climate which will continue to change as it has always done, but such a carbonless economy is DEATH.
Michael John Elliott.

July 22, 2014 10:15 pm

It took effect on 1 July 2012… the carbon tax (Clean Energy Legislative Package), which was passed by the Senate on 8 November 2011, was abolished by the Senate on 17 July 2014.
Never before in Australia has such a major piece of legislation been so disastrous for the country and terminated so with such urgency as the carbon tax. It represented green policy madness at its worst, introduced by the socialist left wing government of Labor leader Julia Gillard.

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