Fielding puts carbon trading start in doubt

06/05/2018 Posted by admin

THE chances of the Federal Government passing its carbon emissions trading scheme have been dealt another blow after Family First senator Steve Fielding said in the US that he remained unconvinced of the link between carbon emissions and global warming or of the need for Australia to lead in implementing a scheme.Speaking overnight in Washington where he is on a fact finding mission, Senator Fielding said he was inclined to back the amendment being put forward by Opposition leader, Malcolm Turnbull which aims to delay Australias emissions trading scheme until after the UN meetings in Copenhagen in December.Asked whether he would support Mr Turnbulls amendment, Senator Fielding said we shouldnt rush into this before Copenhagen.”It makes sense to wait. Obviously America has put forward its proposals but that could drastically change through the senate process here and we need to take that into consideration,” he said.He said it would be crazy for each country to go it alone.”The Rudd government haven’t convinced me that we cant wait until after we see what the rest of the world does if it’s just so we can take some big leadership position to Copenhagen, I don’t buy that. There has to be some other reason,” he said.Senator Fielding , whose vote is likely to be crucial in getting the scheme through the Senate said he was on a self funded trip to Washington to hear both sides of the argument.He has attended a conference of climate change sceptics and had briefings with White House advisers and with the Energy and Commerce committee, headed by Representative, Henry Waxman, who is crafting the US emissions trading scheme. “If we get it wrong it is jobs that are at risk,” he said. “Now, the worse thing than getting it wrong is making the right decision too late,” he added.Senator Fielding said he was impressed by some of the data presented at the climate change sceptics conference: namely that although carbon emissions had increased in the last 10 years, global temperature had not.He said scientists at the conference had advanced other explanations, such as the relationship between solar activity and solar energy hitting the earth to explain climate change. Senator Fielding said that he had discussed the charts with the senior White House advisers and they had agreed to provide him with any rebutting or alternative material. “They [the White House] have assured me there is enough of a strong link between carbon emissions and global warming,” he said.Senator Fielding, who hails from Victoria was also interested in hearing about the US debate over exempting coal fired power stations or providing them with free permits in the early stages of the US scheme.”Coal fired power stations are important to Victorians and I am really concerned about the increase in energy and electricity prices for Australia and thats an issue for Americans as well,” he said
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