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About the author

Gary Warden was raised in the Perth Hills. After graduating from the University of Western Australia with a degree in Geology, Gary joined BHP Billiton where he spent 18 years working in a variety of roles in a number of locations around the world. Prior to leaving BHP Billiton in December 2006, Gary was Global Manager for the company's US$1Billion business improvement program.

While he was originally sceptical about the claims relating to climate change, he became convinced of the urgency of the issue in early 2006. He left BHP Billiton primarily to spend more time with his young family, but also to dedicate himself to creating a more sustainable life for himself and his family and to support others in making that change.

In September 2007 he was trained by Al Gore and has delivered the "Inconvenient Truth" lectures to thousands of west australians since then. In November 2007 Gary ran for the senate in the Federal Election representing the Climate Change Coalition.

In addition to his climate change lectures, he has facilitated Living Smart workshops across Perth. Between 2008 and 2009 he was on the Executive Committee of the Conservation Council of Western Australia including one year as Vice President.

Gary co-founded and is Executive Director of the very exciting Days of Change program, one of the largest sustainability programs in Australia and is now General Manager WA for Eco-Kinetics, one of the largest Solar PV companies in Australia and subsidiary of ASX-listed CBD Energy.

Government Misses Mark with Carbon Scheme

by Gary 7/20/2008 6:33:00 PM
The Federal Government released the green paper on its proposed emissions trading scheme, known as the Carbon Pollution Reduction (CPR) Scheme this week.While it should be congratulated for its ambition to introduce the scheme in 2010, and for adopting many of the recommendations of the Garnaut Review, it is sadly wide of the mark in a number of key areas.

In particular the proposal to provide free permits for the biggest polluters reduces the effectiveness of the scheme, and penalizes those industries that are less polluting, resulting in “what about me” calls such as what we saw from LNG producers like Woodside this week.

It is interesting that the Labor Party in promoting the scheme has been justifying the free permits by saying that it is striking a balance between the Greens on the left who are calling for a tougher scheme and the Liberal Party on the right.

However this distorts the real truth of the matter. It is not just the Greens calling for a tougher scheme. The vast majority of climate scientists are demanding more urgent action, and the government's own climate change advisor Ross Garnaut said in his recently released report "The world has squandered the time that it did have in the 1990s to experiment with various approaches to effective response to the challenge (of climate change) must be put in place over the next few years".

The Australian Conservation Foundation said "The more compensation that goes to big polluters, the bigger the financial burden on the poor, the most vulnerable and rural Australians". Read the ACF's resonse to the green paper here.

Greens Senator Christine Milne challenged the Federal Government to rethink its policy and to "inspire Australians to embrace this challenge to rebuild, upgrade and retool for a zero emissions future." Read her complete comments here.

Clive Hamilton called the green paper "Shameless Political Capitlation". Read his article on Crikey here.

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