Tag Archives: government cash grab

Enviro groups say brown-coal carbon tax compo keeps us dirty

THE carbon tax is making Australia more, not less, dependent on the highly polluting brown-coal electricity generators. Billion-dollar subsidies have allowed the Victorian operations to force cleaner base-load power stations out of the market. Continue reading

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Aus: Brown profits and Green fury from carbon tax plan

THE Orwellian name of the Gillard government’s carbon tax policy – Clean Energy Future – makes its aim of shifting electricity generation from the dirtiest power stations to the cleanest quite plain. Consumers are entitled to feel somewhat mystified that brown-coal generation – the highest carbon polluter – is largely unaffected by carbon emissions policy. Continue reading

Aus: Billions in carbon compensation pits brown coal against black

THE nation’s dirtiest brown-coal power stations face a savage backlash from less-polluting coal facilities in NSW and Queensland, which are demanding that a $5.5 billion compensation package for the carbon price be radically revised after Labor’s backflips on key planks of the carbon policy. Continue reading

Andrew Bolt: Waking too slowly from our green daze

How is business meant to plan investments, when the Gillard Government changes its mind so abruptly on taxes and mad multi-billion schemes? Dennis Shanahan:


The decision to end the negotiations to buy and close down Australia’s “dirtiest” brown-coal power plants is not just a shift in policy that might ultimately save the budget billions; it is another shift in the goalposts that sends the wrong signals to industry and investors.
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Carbon Tax could raise $1.5 Trillion for the US government. No wonder politicians drool over dire predictions.

Why do we need a carbon tax? A study by John Reilly candidly explains why this is not and has never been about the environment. Continue reading

Again with the carbon dioxide “pollution” meme

Australian polluters to save A$2.5 billion in CO2 costs: analyst Continue reading

Aus: Greg Combet defends payouts to dirty power stations

CLIMATE Change Minister Greg Combet has defended the level of compensation to Australia’s dirtiest coal generators amid claims the subsidy weakens the government’s ability to buy out high-polluting plants. Continue reading

No early Australian link to Californian carbon market

No late one either. Continue reading

Obama’s 2nd-term agenda: Global warming, immigration, taxes

President Barack Obama says his Republican challenger has the “wrong vision” for the country. So what is his? Continue reading

Carbon trading market research boosted

China is researching the foundation of a national carbon-trading market before linking with other countries’ carbon trading schemes, said a top climate change official. Continue reading

Aus: Govt breached faith on power stations: Greens

The tinkerbells are always upset when reality intrudes. Continue reading

Aus: Carbon compo for brown coal a bigger waste than BER and pink batts

On Australia’s Green/Left policy train wreck:

WHILE last week’s backflip by the government on the removal of the carbon pricing floor was broadly welcomed by those facing the prospect of paying the world’s highest carbon price, this most recent change in policy direction lays the foundations for more problems down the line.Continue reading

California Ramps up Policy That’s Taboo on Campaign Trail

Funny how carbon scammers are keen to talk up Australia’s doomed tax and catastrophic linkage to the EU suicide pact. Kind of like someone holding a gun pressed to their temple and yelling “Stop laughing! You’re next!” Continue reading

Aus: Labor momentum stalls as support for Greens hits three-year low

Actually the Socialist Labor Party didn’t really have any momentum, just one lone rogue poll on which the left pinned its hopes. Composite post on contemporary Australian politics and why we say the “carbon tax” is toast. Continue reading

Uh-oh. Downturn in Aus: $100bn mining projects threatened

Who’s going to plug the yawning chasm in the green/Left government’s budget now? There are no “mining super-profits” to tax and the carbon tax is imploding before it even gets going. Continue reading

Tim Wilson: EU Carbon Link Just More Hot Air

ANY business that buys cheap European emissions permits now may find them worthless by the end of the year. Linking emissions trading schemes isn’t as easy as the Gillard government makes it out to be. Continue reading

Aus: Did everyone miss it? Combet brags that Labor Party doesn’t care what Australian voters want

The line that everyone seems to have missed (or become numbingly inured to)  is one where Combet claims that Australians won’t be able to get rid of the carbon price even if they want to:

“(Greg Combet) said the linkage of the schemes would make it more difficult for Mr Abbott to axe the carbon price if the Coalition were elected.”   [Source: The Australian]

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Aus: Eurocrats laugh at our scheme all the way to bank

IT is easy to find ways to poke fun at the EU and the tendency of its Brussels-based bureaucrats to draft detailed directives on the contents of sausages, the shape of vegetables and many other aspects of everyday life. Continue reading

Aus: Rushed carbon permit auction to prop up budget

The federal government plans to bolster its sagging budget bottom line by a near tripling of the auction of carbon emissions permits in 2013-14. Continue reading

Aus: Europeans have the last laugh on ETS

Whenever the Gillard government was told the bleeding obvious about the negative impact its carbon tax would have on our economic fortunes its response was defiant. Continue reading