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[Tom Fuller comment] Limbaugh, Heartland, etc. do actually have influence...Climate Common Sense: Australia gets gold medal for solar stupidity !
The very few skeptics that focus on climate change (Morano, Monckton and Watts) have, for different reasons, been unable to make much of an impact.
The American exceptionalism rears its head with Morano and his sponsor James Inhofe. They have made climate skepticism a litmus test for Republican orthodoxy to a certain extent. As a Democrat, I applaud the damage this is certain to cause Republicans. As a lukewarmer, I’m saddened to see the effect on the debate.
Australia has the dubious honor of installing the most solar panels in the world last year because of government policies making the poor pay the electricity bills of the better-off. Those with solar panels are paid over ten times the wholesale electricity price and this is recouped from renters and pensioners among others. The figures in future will not be as rosy as both Queensland and NSW have cut rebates savagely and the last year's installation numbers reflect the last minute rush to beat the deadlines.Bringing law into the right environment
Wilder, 44, co-founded the global law firm Baker & McKenzie's climate change practice, which now spans 50 offices worldwide.
Wilder is also adjunct professor of climate change law and policy at the ANU and an affiliate of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research. He serves on several boards including as chair of the federal government's Low Carbon Australia initiative, the NSW Government's Climate Change Council and the Neutral Bay Public School Council.
It was the 1997 Kyoto Protocol that inspired Wilder and his friend from Cambridge, James Cameron, to set up Baker & McKenzie's climate practice. ''James and I were given a clean slate to develop a global international law practice focused on whatever we thought. It was going to be trade, but climate became such a dominant issue we decided to focus on that''.
But Wilder found profitable work in 2000 advising the World Bank on its pioneering $US150 million Prototype Carbon Fund, which facilitated investment in emissions reductions projects in the developing world. He was an early adviser to the NSW Greenhouse Gas Abatement Scheme, launched in 2003, the world's first mandatory emissions trading scheme.
''For many of those years we basically made the law up,'' Wilder says. ''We had to create a definition of carbon and carbon rights. We had to come up with the very first carbon contracts. We had to work out ways in which indigenous groups could be protected, if they had ownership rights to the carbon. We had to do a lot of the early forestry projects.''