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Initially, I wondered why our Prime Minister Kevin Rudd set Australia’s CO2 emissions reduction target so low.
After all, 5% is the bare minimum — even deposed Liberal Prime Minister John Howard could see that. I guess a higher target would have galvanised the Liberal-National opposition.
But now, as Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull faces unprecedented challenges to his leadership and his front-bench come out one by one as climate change sceptics, I can see just how clever Kevin Rudd has been.
CPRS = Coalition Party Reduction Scheme
The “Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme” currently before the Parliament is driving a wedge through the opposition. Sadly, it has a long way to go before it does anything to actually combat climate change.
Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown quite rightly calls it the “Continue Polluting Regardless Scheme”. He says, “The Rudd Government’s targets have failure written all over them. Yet the ETS legislation will lock them in until 2020 since any increase will trigger compensation claims worth billions of dollars.”