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The carbon policy: What missing


Sam Roggeveen


11 July 2011 11:15

Fairfax's Peter Martin's points out that the Prime Minister's Clean Energy Future policy, announced yesterday, is premised partly on the 'heroic assumption that there will soon be a global carbon price'.

From that perspective, what's notable about the Government's approach is that it does not seem to include any renewed effort to bring about a global agreement on climate change. Maybe such a proposal did not pass the laugh test — 'Copenhagen' is these days a byword for the failure of international cooperation.

(I should stress, I make this claim only on the basis of reading various media accounts and statements by the Prime Minister. I have done some searches on the main policy document, Securing a Clean Energy Future: The Australian Government's Climate Change Plan, but I haven't read the whole thing.)

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