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the limitations of regulation September 12, 2006 11:31 PM

There are so many ways in which people can reduce emissions. They can change spending habits and buy different types of products. They can by the same type of product, but choose ones that have a lower carbon cost. They can switch off lights when they aren't using them. Industry can use electricty, heat etc more efficiently. They can completely change how things are made. They can fix leaks in the compressed air system. They can decentralise to reduce transport requirements. Buildings can be made for more energy efficient at little or no extra cost. Electricity production can change too. Carbon could be sequestered. Waste heat can be recaptured. Transmission efficiency can be improved. They can switch to alternative sources.

All these options. How could the government possibly know which is cheapest, and how could they possible mandate change effectively? They can't. It shouldn't be up to the government to figure that out. It should be up to the government to ensure people consider the full cost of their decisions, and they should let all the economic forces drive the most efficient changes.

You can bet that the changes made wouldn't be more wind trubines and it won't be people switching their cars to gas, which is being subsidised in Australia. There are far cheaper ways to reduce emissions.  [ send green star]
 
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Green power push to lift bills October 09, 2006 10:43 PM

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,20553990-30417,00.html

BIG companies in Victoria will pay almost $21,000 a year more for their power under the Bracks Government's plan to generate 10 per cent of the state's energy from renewable sources such as wind.

According to the Government's research, the higher cost of renewable energy will have generation costs rise by an average of 5.1 per cent, putting up power bills for all customers.

The report found that although the scheme would cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 27million tonnes, this represents just 1 per cent of the total CO2 emissions from electricity generation between next year and 2030. "This reduction comes at a cost of around $71/tonne CO2e (carbon-dioxide equivalent), which may be considered high compared to some other abatement measures," it says.

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