Today Clive Palmer surprised most of the country, especially progressives, by appearing with Al-Gore to announce his position on repealing the ‘Carbon Tax’.
When the announcement came it was bitter-sweet. Clive Palmer essentially agreed to follow the position the ALP under Kevin Rudd took to the election last year. He will only support dissolving the carbon tax on the condition it is replaced with an Emissions Trading Scheme.
Not at all what Tony Abbott had hoped to hear from his coal-mining friend. Not at all what most people would have expected to hear from a man who makes millions each year on digging up coal.
Not what I expected when Palmer and his soon-to-be Senator’s were elected last year.
The move comes after a string of controversial decisions by the EPA and criticism that it was “more focused on protecting polluting industries than looking after the community and human health”. I’d agree with that assessment and would say it also applies to the EPA here in Western Australia too.
Barrack Obama delivered the sweet sweet goodness with this announcement. The US President announced carbon emissions in the USA will be reduced 30% by 2030. It’s pretty much the ‘nail in the coffin’ for old coal. The biggest economy in the world just tipped the scales. Coal is no longer a viable sources of electricity. With any luck Americans will start moving their cars away from oil pretty damn soon too.
But here we are, in Australia, trying to repeal a carbon reduction system that works. Who actually thinks repealing the ‘Carbon Tax’ – which will become a part of international emissions trading systems next year – is a good idea?