Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Climate Change action - Federally and Locally
Today in the Federal Parliament was an important day in this country's efforts to address the impacts and causes of climate change. The legislation to implement a carbon tax at $23 per tonne,supported by the Greens, was passed through the upper house (Senate)after having previously been accepted by the lower house (House of Representatives).
This has been a long time coming and rightly places a price on pollution by requiring Australia's heaviest emitters of CO2 into our atmosphere to pay a cost for this practise and will come into effect from July 1st next year. This tax will be the forerunner to a more comphrensive Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).
Ironically on this same day Councillors were considering submissions on Glen Eira's own draft Carbon Reduction plan that I would expect will be presented to Council soon.