Emissions Trading Scheme blah, blah, blah, not a good idea, blah, carbon tax better, blah, cap and trade no good, blah, jobs at risk, blah,
How is a carbon tax any different to the other methods? It's a fact that the end users of whatever it is that's produced will be paying, which will put prices up. For necessities like power it will make life hard, for things not necessary it will mean a fall in sales/demand.
What irks me most about this ETS/Cap and Trade/Carbon Tax idiocy is that it isn't necessary as AGW is not reality.
Watch this space, it should be up on site after 9am, EST. I'll paste the details below.
Updated Thursday, 19 February, 2009
US commander says tough year ahead
The US President Barack Obama has committed an extra 17,000 troops to Afghanistan, but military experts are warning many more troops will be needed if the war is to be won. The new US troop commitment is likely to put pressure on American allies, including Australia to send more troops especially if European nations draw down their contingents in Afghanistan.
Britain deports radical cleric
After a protracted legal battle, radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada is set to be deported from the UK after Britain's highest court unanimously ruled that the preacher can be deported to Jordan despite his claim that he'll be tortured there.
Clinton praises Indonesia for Islamic democracy
During her tour of Asia, the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has praised Indonesia as an example of modernity by embracing Islam, democracy and women's rights.
Libs line up for blue ribbon seats
The Melbourne seat of Kooyong and the Sydney seat of Bradfield are facing pre-selection battles as the Liberal Party chooses replacements for outgoing MPs Petro Georgiou and Brendan Nelson. Nelson tells AM it's important a seat-warmer isn't chosen and that his replacement be a person headed for the ministry. Nelson has also attacked moves to unseat Alan Stockdale as the federal party president.
Fire areas begin to rebuild
Little things count for a lot in the areas burnt and blackened by the Victorian fires. Streets are being cleaned up and services repaired.
Bushfire victims seek legal advice
A lawyer who has been helping bushfire survivors at Kinglake says many people are discovering their insurance policies aren't worth what they thought and others are facing problems with banks and landlords.
Coalition warms to carbon tax
The Opposition's Andrew Robb says a carbon tax may be a better way for Australia to cut carbon emissions. He says the Government's model for an emissions trading scheme is overly complicated, flawed, will cost jobs and do little to help the environment.
Government committed to emissions trading scheme
Climate Change Minister Penny Wong says the Federal Government will not change its policy on an emissions trading scheme to reduce carbon pollution.
Illness follows Queensland floods
The floodwaters in far north Queensland have cut off the water supply to one small town in the Gulf and there are fears that dysentery has broken out. Karumba has been isolated by floods for more than a month and last week the water pipeline into the town was damaged.
PM last night had this interview with Frank Stilwell, Professor of Political Economy, University of Sydney.