Australia managed to pass a national carbon pricing scheme into legislation, which came into effect in July of this year. The “Clean Energy Plan” involves a temporary CO2-equivalent tax for three years, followed by an emissions trading scheme aimed at producing strong growth and low pollution.
This critique in the journal Energy Policy describes Australia’s approach to greenhouse gas emissions control as merely rhetorical. The authors argue that the scheme allows the continuing rise of emissions, provides concessions to industry and big polluters, and covers less than half the number of polluters.
You can download the paper here. (Journal subscription needed.)
Comments on the implications of Australia’s Clean Energy Plan for agriculture and food, in general, would be very welcome.