Why the US carbon 'tax' will leave us naked

The world will get its first look at President Obama’s carbon pricing plans for the US in coming days, a policy likely to leave Australia exposed and vulnerable.

Former science minister Barry Jones likes to boast that he was the first public voice in Australia to raise the alarm on climate change -- he gave a speech to parliament on the topic way back in 1984.

However, Jones admits that he was way ahead of his time. Not only did the newspapers ignore his warning, but his own party wondered what on earth he was talking about.

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