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Friday, November 14, 2008

Cracks appear in Rudd's ETS plans

The Australian reports that the chorus of dissenting voices is growing stronger, and now includes two State premiers:
The premiers of South Australia and Tasmania have written to the Prime Minister raising specific concerns about the design of the scheme, its impact on major industries and expressing fears that the ETS will spark major losses of jobs and revenue.

Queensland, Victoria and the West Australian Liberal Government have raised concerns about the effects on emissions-intensive trade-exposed industries.

The concerns come as one of the world's largest petroleum companies warned that a $7billion gas project could literally be floated out of Australian waters to avoid the impact of the Government's ETS.

But Penny Wong is undeterred.
Senator Wong attempted to hose down concerns about Nyrstar and other trade-exposed companies, saying consultation on the scheme was still continuing.

"The Government has considered and will continue to consider the views put to us by industry and by state governments," Senator Wong said. She has also been pressured from those within her party to change the ETS compensation formula.

She'll listen patiently, and then carry on exactly as before.

Read it here.


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