Labor - Carbon Tax: Libs - ETS?

MP Hunt: A lone voice crying in the wilderness?
Although Canada has withdrawn from Kyoto, and Tony Abbott has previously said that he believes that man-made climate change is "Crap," could it be that the Libs, if and/or when elected, will reverse the carbon (dioxide) tax but hit us with an Emissions Trading Scheme?

Reuters reports (link) that  

Australia's opposition backs Kyoto 2
Aug 16 (Reuters Point Carbon) - Australia's opposition Liberal party climate spokesman Greg Hunt on Thursday gave his "in principle" backing to signing up for a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, making it easier for the under-fire government to sign the U.N. climate treaty.

"What the world really needs is to bring China and India and Indonesia on board, to bring Russia and Brazil on board. I think it will be easier to strike a 2016 agreement to commence in 2020, if there is a Kyoto 2," Hunt said, according to The Age.
No mention of the USA.  The Howard Government had the sense not to sign the original Kyoto.

Original Kyoto Agreement:

  • Kyoto is a legally binding agreement between signed-up countries to meet emissions reduction targets of all greenhouse gases by 2012 relative to 1990 levels.
  • No. of countries which took part in the discussions (in 1997): 141
  • No. of (industrialised) countries which ratified the agreement (in 2001): 34 
Canada has pulled out of the agreement, Japan and Russia have also indicated that they will not sign the new agreement. The leading emitters of harmless vital-to-life CO2, USA, China and India have not agreed to any targets under Kyoto.  So far, according to Reuters:
...the Australian government has ducked making any commitments towards a new Kyoto period.
The Canadian Minister Peter Kent, after the Durban conference announced that Canada would withdraw from Kyoto.


  1. With respect Greg, please stop saying that Kyoto is going to achieve anything or that there is a problem with CO2 levels. Problems with peak oil should involve us in using our Uranium sooner than later.


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