At a time when the world is burning, the climate deniers in the Turnbull-Abbott Government are wrecking our climate and locking us into a future dependent on coal.
Now, Tony Abbott's latest demand is for Australia to follow Donald Trump in abandoning the Paris Agreement.
Send a message to Malcolm Turnbull that he must listen to the people of Australia, not the far-right Trumpites in his party room.
At a critical moment for acting on climate change and the future of our planet, Malcolm Turnbull has caved in to Tony Abbott, releasing an energy policy that is worse than doing nothing and that keeps coal burning for longer.
Australia is one of the sunniest and windiest countries on earth. Renewable energy is cheap and clean. By embracing it we can save our planet and create jobs in the new economy.
Instead, the National Energy Guarantee fails in 4 key areas:
- It may allow emitters to use shonky overseas carbon offsets;
- It has no mechanism to plan for the orderly retirement of coal-fired power stations;
- The planned emissions cuts from the electricity sector are far too low;
- Will send a signal to the rest of the world that Australia doesn't want investment in clean energy.
Pollution cuts in the energy sector are some of the cheapest and easiest to make, but the target set by the government is so low that it places an impossible task on other sectors of the economy like agriculture and transport.
In Australia we have gone from having world-leading climate legislation to a policy that supports dirty coal.
Now, Tony Abbott's new demand is that we follow Donald Trump by pulling out of the Paris Agreement.
The rest of the world is way ahead, but we are moving backwards. We need strong climate and energy policy that treats climate change as a serious threat and looks towards a clean energy future.