Here in Australia, the recently-elected conservative has promised to abolish the recently-introduced carbon tax, and replace it with a plan which, among other things, pays the electricity industry to decrease their emissions.
It is a dreadful policy outcome, and is shaping to be the first instance in the world
of a country reversing
a carbon tax. And, furthermore, one that is working, and is really not causing a lot of pain - figures showed it contributed around one third of one percent to the CPI in its first 6 months, and consumers hardly notice it. Meanwhile, it really has started reducing emissions, also.
Up until three years ago, it was supported by both sides of politics. But the Conservatives housed some die-hard climate sceptics, and they sniffed an opportunity. They then started a very effective scare campaign about the Great Big New Tax on Everything. Of course they won the argument hands down, nobody wants
a carbon tax, and the only reason it was going to get up in the first place was that it was meant to be a bi-partisan response to a global problem.
Anyway, the conservatives were only elected in early September, and parliament hasn't sat again yet. But their first order of business is to introduce the legislation to scrap the tax. It is a monumentally stupid and backwards thing to be doing, as the United Nations Climate Commissioner has said
. In fact, 2013 has been Australia's hottest year and many records have been broken - hottest overall day, longest stretch of hot weather, hottest winter, hottest spring, and so on.
I think if some activist group organizes a protest outside Parliament House, I'll go and hold a placard.
In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's mind there are few ~ Suzuki-roshi