Should Australia postpone climate scheme?
The Australian government's proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) will not start until 2013 at the earliest following rejection by the Senate. Has the right decision been made?
Australia has some of the highest per capita emissions of developed nations. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd had hoped the scheme would cut the country's carbon emissions by up to 25% from 2000 levels by 2020, by requiring industrial polluters to buy licences to emit carbon.
However, some politicians questioned the scientific case for global warming and claimed that the emissions trading scheme would damage Australia's economy.
The scheme had already been rejected twice by the Senate, where Kevin Rudd's government does not have a majority.
Does the decision by the Rudd government reflect changing attitudes towards climate change in Australia? Is slow global progress on emissions cuts to blame for the plan's delay?
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