SYDNEY, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Greens leader Bob Brown on Monday urged the Australian government to put a price on carbon to keep energy costs down.
A study by some of the nation's leading energy providers, produced for the Climate Institute, showed uncertainty or inaction will cost the economy an estimated 2 billion Australian dollars (1. 75 billion U.S. dollars) a year by 2020.
Brown said the report showed it was time for the government to stop delaying action on climate change.
"Power prices are going up, because we don't have a carbon price in this country, and because we don't have action on climate, " he told reporters.
"Cabinet's on tomorrow, and climate change is on the agenda. Central to that must be a carbon price and a carbon tax," he said.