Australia’s Carbon Tax Just Got More Insane

Posted on Sun 03/17/2013 by


Bolt New 01By Andrew Bolt ~

Europe’s carbon price is now just a fifth of Australia’s absurd $23 a tonne:

European Union carbon permits posted their biggest weekly drop since January as nations and other policy makers considered a plan to temporarily remove supply from the market.

EU carbon for December fell 11 percent this week to close at 3.78 euros ($4.94) a metric ton on the ICE Futures Europe exchange in London

In two years, under Labor’s policy, we’ll be linked to Europe’s price. Current prices suggest that compensation pitched now for a $23 a tonne price will then be funded by a tax that’s just a fraction of that, leaving a multi-billion-dollar hole. Time Climate Change Minister Greg Combet came clean on his mendacious spin.

Meanwhile, China keeps stalling on its own miniscule tax:

China will wait until after this year to introduce a tax on carbon, deferring to concern that economic growth might suffer, a government researcher said.

The nation eventually expects to introduce a levy of 5 yuan to 10 yuan (80 cents to $1.61) per ton of carbon, Jia Kang, head of research at the Ministry of Finance, said in Beijing yesterday.

In New Zealand, where the main source of electricity is hydro power anyway, the carbon price is in the cellar:


We really do look ridiculous in our gold-plated global warming evangelism.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

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