Richie Merzian Climate and Energy Program
The Australia Institute
2 PM Saturday 9 March ZOOM
AUSTRALIA, COP24 and CARBON PRICING
Richie Merzian is Director of the Climate and Energy Program at The Australia Institute and is based in Canberra. He has attended several COPs, formerly as a member of the government delegation when he worked for the Department of Environment and Energy.
When he joins CCL for 30 minutes on Saturday as our special guest he will share his thoughts about the proceedings of the 2018 COP 24 in Katowiçe, climate and energy policy implications in an election year and prospects for carbon pricing under Labor.
Could cross-partisanship on climate action in the federal parliament deliver?
Over the last few years, many CCL members have lobbied their MPs for the establishment of a cross-partisan Parliamentary Friends group for climate change. So it was wonderful that a number could be at the launch and inaugural meeting of the new federal Parliamentary Friends of Climate Action (PFoCA) in Parliament House Canberra on 18 February 2019. Read more here.
Forums, workshops, conference and lobby days - register now March 21 and 24 Perth
CCL Australia's regional conference, lobby days and workshops series for 2019 continues in March with two events in Perth:
Western Australia Annual Regional Conference with Keynote presentations by former SA Premier Jay Weatherill and CCL AdvisoryCouncilor Dennys Angove : Sunday 24, followed by 2 lobby days.
If you are interested in what CCL workshops, forums and training being run where you are please just let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org If you are a remote delegate and interested in requesting travel and accommodation support let us know ASAP.
Like students participating in the SchoolStrike4Climate CCL Australia members and interns are all about helping democracy do its bit as a solution to global warming. If you happen to be or know a young person who wants to go deeper into one-on-one climate solutions advocacy with parliamentarians then please let them know about the CCL program and suggest they apply. Our interns are currently creating multimedia and organising and attending lobby meetings - and gaining valuable work experience in the process.
Teachers looking for ways to help and have climate conversations might also like to read this CCL member's blog post on the SchoolStrike4Climate event here.
The limits of 'command and control' never so clear
It was interesting to hear Mark Diesendorf tell the NSW ACT CCL Conference a carbon price is essential and a dividend approach is a good option. However, he also said that if we are to ensure a carbon price works we need to remove barriers to it working, such as building new transmission and making the energy market rules fit the new energy landscape.
If the government is unwilling or unable to spend what is required to do so then a 'third way', as it is being called, could make it possible. This would enable investment in necessary energy infrastructure at the scale and speed the climate emergency requires without an otherwise impossibly large impost on government budgets and the wider economy.
In fact, this effective policy is most striking for its lack of any cost to government - and for its lack of any 'command and control' types of policies. This is the 'climate dividend' approach, which CCL and now UNSW advocates, and is interesting because the $20 BN it would raise per year from a fee at the entry on Australia's carbon pollution as the source enters the economy is almost all returned to voters as compensation. And, as Richard Holden has suggested, from a revenue of $20 BN pa there would, in fact, be enough to invest a small proportion to effectively remove market barriers while still leaving plenty left over for a sizeable dividend to ensure most households are better off, even with all businesses fully passing on all their increased costs.
Read more about the UNSW climate dividend here. Explore the CCL carbon fee and dividend here.
Most importantly, share and get talking about how we can reset thinking about Austalia's 'next big carbon tax' - A Skynews poll at the weekend revealed that 70% of Australians are ready for a carbon pricing solution - we suggest it is important that it be effective, transparent and fair, and not decided behind closed doors.
Like to advocate for Carbon Fee and Dividend in your community but don't have flyers?
Thanks to generous design support from CCL members and supporters we have been able to create new postcards and flyers and they are now ready for you to print and use in your community advocacy for accelerating climate action by putting a price on pollution.
Click here to download CCL Australia Carbon Fee and Dividend postcards file - you can choose from 4 images, with an information backing included, see below.
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