Australia is going through a great deal of angst about its desire to tax carbon. It has become one of the most hotly debated and polarising issues in Australian politics.
John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand got brought into the debate when he visited Australia this week. As he said," What I can say about New Zealand's Emissions Trading Scheme is that it has worked." Not what his conservative counterpart wanted to hear but music indeed to Australian PM Julia Gillard's ears.
Tony Abbott, Leader of the Opposition in Australia and adamantly opposed to any price on carbon now wants a plebiscite on the subject, as though it hasn't been debated enough. Or for long enough .
But mining is massive business in Australia. And some politicians and even University researchers have apparently received threatening letters including death threats.
Interesting behaviour in a country that is one of the highest per capita polluters in the world and one of the countries most endangered by climate change. It receives regular vivid reminders of the hazards of climate extreme events -wildfires, massive floods this year, tornadoes. Vivid and etched in every Australian's psyche but apparently extreme climate events and carbon emissions are not necessarily linked in the national mind.
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