Carbon Pricing

Carbon Pricing

Early Experience and Future Prospects

Edited by John Quiggin, David Adamson and Daniel Quiggin

In 2012, Australia took the major step of introducing a carbon price, involving the creation of a system of emissions permits initially issued at a fixed price. Carbon Pricing brings together experts instrumental in the development, and operation, of Australia’s carbon policy who have played a significant role in the broader debate over climate change policy. Together they have achieved an in-depth analysis of Australia’s policy stance on pricing carbon and its implications for the wider economy.

Chapter 3: How has the carbon tax affected the public 'debate' on climate change?

John Cook

Subjects: economics and finance, environmental economics, environment, climate change, environmental economics, environmental politics and policy, valuation, politics and public policy, environmental politics and policy


There is an expectation that as policy instruments such as the carbon price become law, public debate about climate change will shift towards solutions instead of science. Has there been an evolution towards solutions in recent years, particularly with the introduction of the carbon price in Australia in 2012? The evidence indicates no. The public debate continues to fixate on fundamental questions such as whether global warming is even happening. Research into attitudes and psychological bias indicate the underlying causes behind the persistence of science denial are deep-rooted and to some degree immune to further evidence.

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