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A price on carbon pollution

Pollution is in our air, rivers and oceans, and is creating havoc with our climate and environment – all because our economy is too dependent on polluting energy sources.

Why put a price on pollution?

Our dependency on energy sources and production that create pollution is causing the Earth to warm.

Despite the fact that Australia has access to abundant clean energy sources, such as solar, wind, geothermal and wave, at the moment we can’t compete because they are currently more expensive than the old polluting energy sources.

WWF supports the ‘polluter-pays’ principle, which requires that those who create it bear the costs of pollution.

That’s why WWF welcomed the passing of the Clean Energy Bills in November 2011 that legislated an emissions trading scheme (which puts a price on pollution) starting from the 1st of July 2012.

To stop pollution from growing, we need to place a limit and a price on it – rewarding those Australian businesses that clean up their act and charging those that don’t. The Government has now legislated a carbon pollution reduction target of 80% from 2000 levels by 2050.

Experts support a price on pollution

Reports by leading economists, including former Prime Minister John Howard’s Task Group on Emissions Trading (Shergold Report ), Ross Garnaut (Garnaut Climate Change Review ), the United Kingdom’s Sir Nicholas Stern (Stern Report) and 13 of Australia’s most respected business and academic economists argue that a carbon price, particularly an emissions trading scheme is the most efficient way to reduce carbon pollution – both economically and environmentally.

What are the benefits of a limit and price on pollution?

The money raised from putting a price on pollution will allow us to

• drive innovation in clean energy technologies
• assist households
• assist those businesses that need it
• support Australian farmers who want to protect the land for future generations.

This is a vital reform that will help protect species and our unique ecosystems like the Great Barrier Reef. It will clean our air, drive investment and jobs in clean technologies and industries and finally do something about tackling climate change.

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