Comments on Andrew Macintosh “Australia cans its carbon emission trading scheme, for now”, 13/05/2010, http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2010/05/13/australia-cans-its-carbon-emission-trading-scheme-for-now/
I notice that you are from the ANU Centre for Climate Law and Policy.
What is the centre's view on what the best policy for Australia to tackle climate change?
It would be very helpful to outline effective, efficient, equitable and practical policy options.
You state that "Australia is a middle power that is responsible for around 1.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. What it does domestically is unlikely to dramatically alter the course of the international climate negotiations or global warming more generally."
While that statement is not wrong, it understates the fact that Australia is one of the highest emitters in the world on per capita basis possibly just behind the US. What is Australia’s share of world population?
If high emission countries, especially they are also rich ones, do not take the lead to reduce their emissions, what moral authority do they have to include low emission developing countries that are poor?