Creating a better future
In Australia you could be forgiven to think that the climate debate and that a price on carbon is all talk and very little action. After all we have seen a change in leadership over the issue and a number of failed government environment programs not to mention that this policy has already been defeated in parliament before.
So what is different this time around when Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced her framework for pricing carbon, which is set to begin on July 1, 2012? Under the plan, the carbon price will initially be a fixed price set by the Government, before moving to a market-based cap-and-trade scheme. Some are saying that the initial fixed price is pretty much a "Carbon Tax" something that PM Gillard said would never happen under her leadership.
So I would be interested to know your thoughts on what is different this time around? If the public backlash starts to hit the PM's popularity rating will we again see our politicians buckle at the knees and cave in?
Do you think there will in fact be a price on carbon in 2012?
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