17 Oct '11, 9pm

Australians assess their CO2 plan (and related tax reforms): (Cap & Tax Break?)

Any expertise behind my comments comes more from having lived in both places and watched the debates, I am not a policy expert. In my view the carbon plan was kept alive here by much stronger genuine interest among the electorate than in the US, certainly not by the political skills of the hapless Labor party or features of the legislation. I find Australians are better informed than Americans generally, and high-school graduates are widely believed to be at least a year ahead of their US counterparts. Australia is also more immediately vulnerable to climate changes, both natural and human-caused; every major city has introduced some kind of water rationing or restriction at some point in the last decade (in some cases temporarily) and agriculture has suffered. While there is a strong coal industry here, it is distant from most Australians, and a much higher percentage of ...

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