Monday, December 15, 2008

Emissions Trading Target – What figure would Howard have set?

Remember this:

Tue Jul 17, 2007

Prime Minister John Howard says the Federal Government will introduce a new "cap and trade" emissions trading system … The Government will increase spending on measures to tackle global warming by $627 million … Mr Howard says the new emissions scheme will help Australia substantially lower greenhouse gas emissions at the lowest cost.

"Australia will more than play its part to address climate change but will do it in a practical and balanced way in full knowledge of the economic consequences for our nation," he said.

Federal Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the carbon emissions trading scheme will be comprehensive adding:

"It will cover 80 per cent of all emission outside agriculture and about 55 per cent of total emissions in Australia," he said.

The scheme is set to be up and running by 2011.


Now the question is. If Howard was still Prime Minister or otherwise, if the Liberals retained power, what target would have been set?

It is not an easy question, however given the previous Governments balanced approach; one that placed equal emphasis on economic cost, I would venture to suggest that it would have been a soft target, certainly in single digits.

So what do we get today? Rudd commits to 5%

Despite his critics in the green brigade, John Howard would have touted such rational measures all along, Kevin Rudd on the other hand was happy - politically savvy - to raise expectations high, very high in fact, recall 25 to 40 percent by 2020 and 60 percent by 2050.

John Howard paid a price for his reasoned and rational approach.


Wadard said...

John Howard paid a price for his [strike]reasoned and rational approach[/strike] early and entrenched denial, and last, last, very last minute opportunistic conversion.

I don't mind if people hold any political views they can 'sensibly and rationally argue'. I do mind those that indulge in deception, either self, or of others.

If you choose to rewrite history, you are condemned to stay back after class years after your peers graduate.

Anonymous said...

"John Howard paid a price for his reasoned and rational approach."

Indeed he did Otto, i guess we do get the government we deserve after all.

Given that kevin07 lied to the left, as witnessed by their angry braying at him for not screwing Australia over completely, i awaiting patiently for them to call him a lying rodent. Shouldn't be too far, they were already throwing their shoes at him and threatening to leave for Europe. If only they had the balls.