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UPDATE 2-Australian carbon scheme faces growing opposition

(Reuters) – Opposition to Australia’s planned carbon tax is swelling with almost 60 percent of voters against the plan and major food retailers, miners, energy and agriculture firms writing to the prime minister criticising the tax.

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Australia plans carbon tax from 2012: report

(Reuters) – Australia’s Labor-led government plans to introduce a fixed carbon price from July 1, 2012 with a compensation scheme for some industries, the Australian newspaper reported on Saturday, a proposal its key coalition ally had earlier rejected.

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Interview: Greens push interim carbon scheme to break ETS deadlock

ELEANOR HALL: In Australia, the Greens are proposing a two-year interim emissions trading scheme in a bid to break the political deadlock in Canberra.

The Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is promising to reveal his plan to cut greenhouse gases without a trading scheme and there’s little prospect of the Government getting its ETS legislation through the Senate.

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Australian Senate delays carbon trade vote

CANBERRA, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Australia’s parliament delayed a final vote on the government’s sweeping carbon trade plan on Friday, missing a key deadline and throwing Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s new climate change policy into doubt.

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Senator Nick Xenophon says Australia needs carbon scheme

| Sourced From News.com.au |

NEXT month’s climate change negotiations in Copenhagen will be difficult but they shouldn’t stop Australia designing an emissions trading scheme that is best suited for the economy, independent senator Nick Xenophon says.

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Nationals, farmers in carbon scheme split

| Sourced From ABC.net.au |

Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce has criticised the National Farmers Federation (NFF) for urging the party to pass an amended emissions trading scheme (ETS).

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Australian carbon scheme to cost jobs, says Rio Tinto

| Sourced From Marketwatch.com |

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Australia opposition proposes rival carbon scheme

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia’s opposition rolled out what it said was a cheaper and greener plan to cut carbon emissions on Monday, just days before it was expected to vote down the government’s stalled carbon trade legislation.

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Australia opposition proposes rival carbon scheme

* Opposition readies for possible early poll on climate
* Proposes alternative scheme to government carbon plan
* Proposes 10 pct emission cut, more industry protection (Adds detail)

CANBERRA, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Australia’s opposition set out an alternative plan to cut carbon emissions to help prepare itself for a possible early election, promising on Monday to deliver a greener and cheaper scheme than the government’s plan.

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Agriculture to pay for carbon scheme

| Sourced From Farm Weekly |

THE proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) will have negative implications on the agriculture sector, according to Australian Farm Institute executive director Mick Keogh.

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Bligh backs coal companies over carbon scheme

| Sourced From The Sydney Morning Herald |

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh says she supports major coal companies taking their case to Canberra to rework the emissions trading scheme (ETS) in their favour.

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CARBON OFFSETS SCAM

| Sourced From National Center for Policy Analysis |

While much media attention has been paid to “cap-and-trade” schemes as a way to prevent global warming, there is a second path to “global warming” salvation — carbon offsets. But it’s all just smoke and mirrors, says Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis.

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Australia faces growing opposition to carbon trade law

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia’s government faced new objections to its pioneering carbon trading scheme from both ends of the political opposition on Tuesday, just as it unveiled the legislation it hopes to pass by the middle of this year.

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Economists condemn flawed carbon trading scheme

| Sourced From Green Left |

On February 18, 10 Australian economists criticised the Rudd governments proposed carbon emissions trading scheme, and called for a science-based policy to achieve 25%-40% cuts in emissions by 2020. The statement is reprinted below.

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The Meaning of New Yorks Carbon Trading Move

| Sourced From The New York Times |

New York Governor David A. Paterson is thinking of giving the utility industry more free allowances to pollute under the Northeast carbon-trading scheme, as my colleague Danny Hakim reports today.

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Delay of carbon trading not just about the financial crisis

| Sourced From Foodweek Online |

Carbon trading expert Jan Brandjes believes Australians are unprepared for a carbon trading scheme.

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Carbon scheme changes mulled

| Sourced From Stuff.co.nz |

Climate Change Minister Nick Smith says changes to the Government’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) may be necessary to prevent an exodus of industry across the Tasman.

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EU carbon scheme not yet hurt by low prices

LONDON (Reuters) – Falling carbon prices have raised questions about the credibility of the European Union’s flagship trading scheme as the bloc’s main weapon to fight global warming.

But traders and analysts insist the scheme is working as a market mechanism should and concerns over persistent low prices detract from what the scheme was intended for.

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Carbon scheme should start in 2012

| Sourced From The Age |

MOST people across the community now accept that Australia should adopt an economy-wide framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. While industry supports this objective, it has become clear that hopes of starting an emissions trading scheme in 2010 should be set aside for a more attainable and realistic start date of 2012.

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Quality mark for carbon offsets developed

| Sourced From Low Carbon Economy |

Carbon offset schemes can now get a quality assurance mark to reassure consumers that they are actually achieving what they claim to, according to minister for energy and climate change Joan Ruddock.

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Business chamber wants freeze on carbon scheme

| Sourced From ABC News |

The Queensland Chamber of Commerce and Industry says the Federal Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme must be postponed until the economy is revived.

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Australia carbon scheme needs re-think: analyst

CANBERRA, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Australia’s government has failed to take account the international financial meltdown in plans for a sweeping carbon trade regime to begin next year, an independent analysis of the plan said on Monday.

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Carbon scheme will overwhelm ag profits

| Sourced From The Land |

WHEN Australian agriculture meets the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) next year, it faces an extraordinary scenario in which it stands to lose up to eight per cent of farm cash margins to a scheme it plays no part in.

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Carbon trading – smoke and mirrors?

Low carbon scheme is heating up

| Sourced From Wales Online |
AMBITIOUS multi-million pound plans have been announced to improve energy efficiency in homes across the Heads of the Valleys and develop Europes first low carbon zone.

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