So the carbon price means climate policy is sorted, right? Wrong…
The job’s not done yet!
The carbon price package is a good start, but let’s not kid ourselves that it will deliver a safe climate future. Here are just some of the key issues:
· Australia’s greenhouse pollution is set to continue to rise until at least 2030
· By 2050, the Government itself expects greenhouse pollution to fall by just 2%
· The claim that emissions will be 80% lower in 2050 is based entirely on the purchase of ‘offsets’ from developing countries – these have been shown to not represent genuine pollution reduction – often just the opposite
· Purchasing ‘offsets’ will see billions of dollars flow every year to dodgy projects overseas – money that should be invested in renewable energy, green jobs and helping vulnerable households, communities and companies to transition to a low-carbon future
· The Government’s own modeling shows that the ‘clean energy’ package puts us on track for 550ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere by 2050 – a level that essentially all climate scientists in the world would consider highly dangerous, guaranteeing a dangerously unstable global climate and accelerating human and ecological catastrophes
· The lack of genuine leadership from Australia – the biggest per-capita polluter of all the developed countries – undermines efforts to reach a meaningful global solution
· Because emissions will continue to rise, Australian industry is not even beginning the transition to a genuinely sustainable path in a low-carbon world, putting our future competitiveness and jobs at risk
· Not one additional kWh of renewable energy will result from this package before 2020 at the earliest – in the meantime, Australia’s renewable energy industry is in crisis
· The Government rejected the recommendation of the Prime Minister’s Task Group on Energy Efficiency and refused to set an energy savings target for Australia
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