PHASE OUT COAL AND GAS
Coal and gas are the biggest causes of the climate crisis. We should be taking urgent action for a safe future – but instead, Labor and the Liberals take millions in donations from big coal and gas corporations and billionaires.
In return, the major parties' corporate mates get special treatment. Many of the biggest coal and gas companies pay no tax and they send their profits offshore. And now, the Liberals and Labor are backing plans for more coal and gas.
‘It’s simple: If you don’t have a plan to phase out coal and gas, you don’t have a plan for the climate emergency.’
We now have no choice. The next decade is critical. We need to rapidly transition our power grid to wind and solar backed by storage, and electrify our transport, businesses and homes to run on clean energy. If we protect our environment and restore the land, farms and forests as well, we will draw down pollution and play our part in turning the climate crisis around.
The clean energy revolution will create hundreds of thousands of well-paid, long-term jobs, enabling workers in fossil fuel industries to transition and farmers to be paid to farm carbon and protect the land.
To unlock this revolution, the government will need to lead the way with public investment in renewable generation, storage and transforming the power grid.
Melbourne has had a major impact on the national climate agenda by voting Greens. The only time in modern history pollution went down in this country was when the Greens were in shared power. We secured world-leading climate legislation and a $13 billion investment in clean energy.
Liberal and Labor are holding back this brighter future because they want to protect their political donations from the billionaires and big corporations that mine and burn coal and gas.
But with the Greens in shared power, we will be able to push the next government to go further and faster. We will tackle the climate crisis by phasing out coal and gas, while creating thousands of clean jobs rolling out renewable energy.