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What is Crikey getting at here?


Sam Roggeveen


15 July 2011 15:34

This is from Crikey Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane's latest (email subscribers only; not yet online), on the consequences of Tony Abbott repealing the Gillard Government's climate change legislation, if Abbott wins government:

The other consequence is blunter. Should a carbon pricing scheme be legislated and implemented, and then be repealed, it will be a clear signal that parliamentary politics simply cannot cope with the policy challenge of climate change. Those who take the need to curb emissions seriously -- particularly younger people, who will pay the price of climate change -- will be forced to consider other alternatives. The most logical one is taking "direct action" of their own, to shut down our most emissions-intensive industries -- think the dirtiest power stations -- and stop emissions-intensive exports such as coal.

Given the repeal of a functional carbon pricing scheme, they will have a strong moral justification, as well as policy rationale, for doing so.