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10 climate crimes

The Howard Policy Agenda 1996 to 2006
Over the last 10 years the Howard government has repeatedly pushed climate change policy in the wrong direction. The economics of climate change are straight forward, we need to charge polluters for their emissions and give people and companies incentives to increase efficiency. The politics of climate change, however, has encouraged the Howard Government to spend billions of dollars pushing the economy in the wrong direction. The biggest mistakes of the last decade are:

Perverse policy measure

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Climate change and peak oil remain "unexpected surprises": Greens

The Howard government has ignored the greatest identifiable risks to the Australian economy – climate change and oil depletion - in its Budget tonight, Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne said.
"Treasurer Peter Costello has used the metaphor of storms throughout his Budget speech to refer to economic circumstances but has failed to mention real storms and economic risk relating to climate change and energy security," Senator Milne said in Canberra tonight. "In fact, he hasn't mentioned them at all."

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Democrats' Diesel Double-Talk

The Democrats have already conceded a massive subsidy for diesel users, benefiting mining, transport and logging corporations but penalising ordinary Australians with huge health and environmental costs, Greens Senator Bob Brown said today.

Senator Brown described Senator Lees" assurances on the environment as "double-talk".

"On the one hand she says "diesel fuel is not negotiable" (Sunday, Ch.9, today), but on the other says "absolutely everything we took to the election is on the table!

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