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National Day of Action: Support a Carbon Price

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 26th, 2011

5 June , 2011
11:00 amto1:00 pm

National Day of Action: Melbourne

Over the next few weeks the Government will decide whether to be ambitious when setting their carbon price and investments in renewable energy, or whether to give in to the big polluters. As we’ve seen before, often the loudest voice wins. That’s where you come in. We have one thing the opponents of a carbon price don’t: people power. We’re joining with organisations that together represent over three million Australians to organise massive rallies across the country on June 5. But people power is like a muscle: if you don’t use it, you lose it. Can you join us on June 5 for a fun, family-friendly rally to say “yes” to a price on pollution and clean energy?

Come along to the family friendly National Day of Action and show the government that the Australian community supports real and effective action to solve climate change. You can RSVP on the Get Up site.

On June 5 – come along to the State Library of Victoria at 11am. Say ‘Yes’ to cutting carbon pollution and to a cleaner Australia!

Photo: Walk Against Warming, 2009, © Get Up! Action for Australia

Global Perspective: Implementing Carbon Pricing In A World Of Political Resistance And Evolving International Participation

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on April 11th, 2011

14 April , 2011
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Source: Grattan Institute

Image: takver via flickr CC

Carbon pricing is the ‘first among equals’ in a broad triad of climate policy mechanism for cutting CO2 emissions, but is also the most politically difficult. This talk will briefly review the role of carbon pricing, the debates between taxation and emissions trading as a way of achieving it, and some of the key lessons learned from the European Emissions Trading Scheme which is now in its seventh year. The talk will then focus on the concerns around carbon intensive sectors, and appropriate treatment of them that recognises the inevitably evolutionary nature of international participation, combined with the need for incentives to broaden international action.

Speaker: Prof Michael Grubb,  Chair of the international research organisation Climate Strategies, headquartered at Cambridge University where he is also a Senior Research Associate at the Faculty of Economics. He is a leading expert in industry competitiveness under the EU ETS and has been leading research on industrial competitiveness and carbon leakage for the last four years.

Panel: Prof Robyn Eckersley, University of Melbourne & Prof John Daley CEO, Grattan Institute

Thursday 14 April 2011 Registration at 6:15 pm Seminar 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Carrillo Gantner Theatre, The University of Melbourne
Cnr Swanston Street and Monash Road Carlton 3010

For further details and registration:

Some Key Points On Carbon Pricing from MEFL

Posted in Movements, Opinion, Policies, Research by Kate Archdeacon on March 10th, 2011

Source: Moreland Energy Foundation

Moreland Energy Foundation have released a bulletin on the Carbon Pricing debate (and upcoming Get Up rally) with the hope of clarifying some of the facts involved.  Thanks MEFL!

Image of 2006 fuel prices from phatman via flickr CC

Key points on carbon pricing

Both parties agree to 5%: Both parties have committed to reduce emissions by 5% by 2020.

It will cost to cut emissions: Any policy designed to reduce emissions will have a cost to the government (i.e. taxpayers) and/or the economy, at least in the short term. However, a carbon price also has potential to stimulate green industries and create new jobs.

What’s the best way to reduce emissions? If we cut through the media storm, the real question we and our Parliament should be asking is what is the best, most efficient, most effective way to reduce emissions.

Government’s position: The Government argues that its plan for a carbon price (an emissions trading scheme with a fixed price for 3-5 years, which will operate as a tax for this initial period) is the most efficient way to reduce emissions because it is a market mechanism. It says it will provide compensation out of the money it raises from the carbon price to assist householders and businesses. Note that even with compensation, there is an incentive for businesses to reduce emissions in order to avoid paying the tax.

Opposition’s position: The Opposition argues that its plan to directly fund businesses to reduce emissions will be cheaper.

It won’t kill the economy! Whatever you think about the merits of the parties’ arguments, it is clear that neither plan would destroy the economy:

  • We’ve been through worse: The impacts of either plan will be less significant than many other impacts we have experienced in recent years, including the impacts of events like the global financial crisis, currency fluctuations, oil price rises, conflict in the Middle East, and over $40 billion of big new investments in electricity infrastructure (poles and wires) over the next five years
  • Others have done it: What’s more, much stronger policies to cut emissions (via taxes, emissions trading and other mechanisms) than those proposed by either major party have been introduced around the world in economies that are still running smoothly and in many cases thriving (for example, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, an emissions trading scheme involving a number of American states)
  • There are opportunities: Reducing emissions can create job opportunities and stimulate economic growth, and has done so in countries with strong clean energy policies such as Germany and China
  • There are risks if we don’t act: Not changing to a low emissions economy is a significant risk, because high emissions activities are being phased out around the world and Australia could be left behind.

MEFL’s position

MEFL believes that the introduction of a carbon price is an important first step in reducing emissions. We accept that market mechanisms help deliver the most cost-effective solutions to complex problems such as greenhouse gas pollution. However, a carbon price will not in itself be sufficient to drive the required emissions reductions and the corresponding social and economic responses. We urge the Government to develop complementary policies and programs designed to support renewable energy and energy efficiency, and assist businesses and communities to respond to carbon pricing appropriately and with minimal disruption. In particular, we encourage the Government to promote energy efficiency as an effective and long-term way to counteract any price increases resulting from the introduction of a carbon price, both for businesses and households.


Support Climate Action & Clean Energy This Saturday

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 9th, 2011

12 March , 2011
11:00 amto1:00 pm

Source: Get Up

This Saturday March 12, we’re coming together to support climate action and clean energy.

The fear campaign against a price on pollution has become so absurd that talkback radio hosts are claiming this means the end of life as we know it. Independent MPs are receiving death threats, and the far-right are organising anti-climate action rallies. The first of these is this weekend – and at the same time, we’re coming together on the other side of Melbourne to prove that fighting for climate action is just as important.
With your help, we’ll prove there are more of us than there are of them – and in doing so we’ll make a powerful statement for climate action.
RSVP on the Get Up Site for Saturday’s rally – and please don’t forget to tell your friends!
When: This Saturday 12th of March
Where: Outside of Julia Gillard’s federal offices at Treasury Place (see map above)
Time: 11am

Can you join us?