[LINK] eTrading in Carbon Makes Progress - Elsewhere

Roger Clarke Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Sun Oct 23 10:00:19 AEDT 2011

There are few countries in the world bigger in economic terms than 
the State of California.  (It's 8th, after Italy, and ahead of 
Brazil, Canada, Spain, India and Russia.  Australia is 13th of the 

On Friday, the State of California finalised its carbon trading 
scheme, modelled on the EU scheme and taking advantage of the Kyoto 

It will begin operations progressively, starting in 2012, and 
applying to the worst-polluting industrial facilities from 2013.

If the Liberal Party had not been the disastrous mess that it is, 
Australia would have had a scheme in place as well.  As it is, we're 
about to get a badly-compromised interim carbon tax, which will lead 
to a badly-compromised carbon trading scheme maybe later this decade.

So Australia is 4-5 years behind California, and a full decade behind Europe.  

There are even signs that China (which is still, remember, a 
developing nation that's expected to make a mess of its society and 
its environment while it chases economic growth) may get there before 
we do.

Cart J. (2011) 'California becomes first state to adopt cap-and-trade 
program' Los Angeles Times, 21 October 2011, at 

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