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Climate change emergency sidelined as Turnbull and Howard bicker.

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Australian Democrats Press Releases

Senator Lyn Allison Parliamentary Leader and Democrats Senator for Victoria Australian Democrats spokesperson for Energy and Resources

Dated: 28 October 2007 Portfolio: Energy and Resources


The urgent action which is required to address the climate change crisis will never happen while John Howard is Australia’s Prime Minister, Senator Lyn Allison, leader of the Australian Democrats said today.

“The Prime Minister and his Environment Minister are today sliding around questions over whether Malcolm Turnbull tried to convince Cabinet to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. Even if he had, by some miracle, convinced them, the Howard Government’s ‘ this-can’t-be-happening’ approach means its now too late.

“The Prime Minister along with his mates in the United States have been undermining Kyoto since its inception. The result is critical opportunities lost and a stream of lies about how we are going to meet Kyoto targets which in fact will never be met”.

The Democrats say both major parties are dangerously negligent by failing to set emission reduction targets for 2020.

“We’ve been able to show that you can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020 if you start now. It’s not that expensive and it’s not difficult. What is shocking is the dangerous complacency and bickering in which our current leadership indulges while the biggest threat to modern civilisation looms on the horizon.”

The Democrats Greenhouse platform released today, calls for:

. A 30% target for cuts to greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 enshrined in law.

. A Mandatory Renewable Energy Target of 25% by 2020 and 50% by 2030.

. A 20% energy efficiency target by 2020 through trading and minimum performance standards on coal power stations, appliances and buildings. 6 star minimum energy performance standards for appliances, equipment and buildings by 2010 and 10 star by 2020.

. A $5/tonne levy on coal exports. Revenue raised ($600m/year) to fund 1 million solar PV units on household rooftops.

. The $10b/year in coal and gas subsidies switched to big scale renewable energy infrastructure such as

hot rocks generation and power grid extensions.

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