An Unlikely Alliance: Sceptics And Greens Reject Australian ETS

  • Date: 02/12/09

The Ecologist: Opposition from both climate sceptics and the Green Party has seen Australia’s parliament vote against plans to set up a national carbon trading scheme.

The emissions trading scheme (ETS) would have seen carbon emissions cuts of up to 25 per cent on 2000 levels by 2020 although these would not necessarily have been domestic cuts, as industry would have been allowed to buy carbon credits from overseas to offset their emissions.

The ruling party led by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said they would try for a second vote next February.Australia has some of the world’s highest per capita carbon emissions after the oil-rich middle east and is heavily dependent on coal.

Friends of the Earth said the trading plan would not have delivered the cuts needed.

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