January 12, 2010
Emissions Trading Scheme Still Shelved Under New Aussie PM
Julie Gillard, who replaced Australia's Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister, has expressed interest in pursuing climate and energy policy, just not the rickety carbon emissions trading scheme proposal that ultimately cost Rudd his job.
According to coverage by the Sydney Morning Herald (via E&E News; subs. req'd):
Julia Gillard has declared she is the woman to back if voters want action on climate change, despite confirming she will not reverse the government decision to shelve the emissions trading scheme until 2013...
Ms Gillard is preparing to announce new policies to address climate change - including an energy-efficiency program and new renewable energy projects - to fill the gap left by the decision to shelve its trading scheme.
The government allocated $652.5 million in the budget to new renewable energy and energy-efficiency programs...
We will as a nation need a price on carbon; to get there we need community consensus,'' Ms Gillard said.
Gillard's focus on a carbon price - a policy that continues to be embattled in the U.S. and ineffective in the EU - raises plenty of skeptical eyebrows as to whether climate and energy policy will prove to be her undoing, as well.