Australia’s dirty electricity rip-off

Australians are paying some of the highest prices in the world for electricity that is among the dirtiest. So what went wrong and how can we fix it?

The chart below using data from a report by Bruce Mountain of Carbon Market Economics poses a pretty tough question to Australian energy policymakers: How is it that Australians are paying some of the highest household electricity prices in the world and yet their electricity is by far the most polluting, and we aren’t even paying a carbon tax?

Sources: Carbon Market Economics (2012) and World Resources Institute Climate Analysis Indicator Tool

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