Rudd advisor goes rogue?

“ONE of the [Australian] Government’s key business advisers on the emissions trading scheme has called for a fresh look at whether the plan should go ahead.

Dick Warburton, chairman of the panel set up last year to advise on emissions-intensive trade-exposed activities, said that after Copenhagen’s failure, the matter should be debated afresh.

He is organising a round-table of company executives, bureaucrats and experts – including supporters and critics – to consider the pros and cons and alternatives of a trading scheme.

His move comes as Opposition Leader Tony Abbott tonight gives his first speech as leader on the environment, arguing that while the environment is important, it is not just about climate. He will seek to redirect focus to areas where Australia can make a difference on its own, including water.

Mr Warburton told The Age that despite intense political debate about the emissions scheme, important aspects had not been dealt with adequately. ”Chairmen and CEOs and the public have very poor knowledge of what the ETS involves.””  “Reconsider carbon plan, says adviser

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