Tag: Australia

Initial Reactions to the Carbon Tax: A First Step, but Improvement Needed

The carbon price package announced today is Australia’s first step in transitioning away from its current fossil fuel economy toward the renewable energy one we need to get to as soon as possible. There are significant improvements on Labor’s original Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS). But of course it’s far from perfect and it’s far …

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Roundup of Carbon Tax Leaks

On Monday it was announced that the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee’s negotiations were sufficiently advanced for the full policy to be announced at noon tomorrow, followed by a Prime Ministerial broadcast at 6:30 PM. The MPCCC has reached agreement, and independent Andrew Wilkie (who is not on the committee) has indicated he will support the …

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Overview of My Opinions on the Carbon Tax

The topic of the Australian carbon tax is so big it’s hard to know where to begin covering it. Every aspect is inter-related to every other aspect. So here is a quick overview of my opinions and a list of possible topics I may cover in the near future. The atmospheric level of CO2 must …

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What We Know About the Carbon Tax

This is just a quick post recapping the background of the carbon tax debate I will be commenting on. 2011 is probably our best hope of getting meaningful action from the Australian Government on climate change. Four months ago it announced its new carbon price policy framework. It’s a framework because the policy is in …

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A Change of Direction

With two days to the middle of the year, I’ve decided it’s time to reassess what I want to do with this blog. I started out, about eighteen months ago, writing posts debunking the arguments of global warming contrarians (you can find all those old posts here). However, in the past year I have transferred …

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Zero Carbon Australia: We can do it

I wrote this post for Skeptical Science. My recent post about long-term CO2 targets was rather doom-and-gloom: I concluded that we must phase out fossil fuels to keep the climate in the range that humans have experienced. The good news is that action on this scale is not only possible but surprisingly feasible. Last year, …

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Post-Election Wrapup

I didn’t get around to blogging on the outcome of the 2010 Australian federal election at the time because I was busy revising for an exam — but better late than never, I suppose. (You can read my pre-election wrapup here.) The House of Representatives The electoral results were pretty much what the pre-election polls …

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My View of the Election Campaign

This is my second post on Australia’s 43rd federal election, which is taking place today. Part 1 contains some background on the Australian electoral system and political parties. I had hoped to say everything that I wanted to say about the election before it was over; but time is fast running out, so I decided …

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My First Election

I don’t intend to talk much about politics on this blog, but in this case I’ll make an exception. Australia will have its 43rd federal election on the 21st, and I am a first-time voter. In a follow-up post either later today or tomorrow, I’ll get into a bit of politics — and given the …

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