Can a carbon price save us from catastrophic global warning?
Date: 12:00 pm | Saturday 8 October 2011
Venue: Adelaide Town Hall
Scientists say significant climate change is already locked in and urgent action is needed to limit global temperature rises to 2°C – the target set by world leaders at Cancun. From next July, big emitters in Australia will pay $23 for every tonne of CO2 pumped into the atmosphere, but this still leaves coal-fired electricity far cheaper than gas, let alone renewable energy. Is it too little, too late? The task of cutting emissions poses a far bigger technical challenge than flying to the moon, so why don’t we have programs of Apollo-like proportions to further develop and deploy alternative energy? And why would we rule out an existing technology like nuclear power?
This session is proudly supported by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre.