Abbott's base level logic

Firms in mining, agriculture and manufacturing could fall victim to fines under Direct Action if based on emissions intensity baselines. But without more detail we're still guessing.

On Monday a journalist noted that if Tony Abbott is as successful at expanding economic output as he promises, then a number of firms could be expected to increase their emissions to levels higher than they’d produced in the past. Therefore, Abbott was asked, wouldn’t that mean a substantial number of firms would be paying penalties for exceeding their historical emission baselines.

Tony Abbott replied:


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