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Labor given up on climate: Greens

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Adam Bandt 3 Dec 2021

Greens Leader Adam Bandt MP has criticised today’s climate announcement, saying Labor has given up on climate.  

Labor’s target is not consistent with the science of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees, the goal set out in the Glasgow Climate Pact. Labor now joins the Liberals with targets that have given up on the science, given up on Glasgow and given up on the climate. 

The independent Climate Targets Panel, the Climate Council and the climate and environment movement have all determined that Australia needs a 74-75% by 2030 target, in line with the UK’s 68% by 2030 cut.

Labor is going backwards on the last election, and a 43% cut is not much more than business as usual. The Greens policy is for a 75% emissions reduction on 2005 levels by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2035. 

Quotes attributable to Greens Leader Adam Bandt MP: 

"Labor has given up on climate.

"Labor has given in to the coal and gas corporations and given up on climate.

"The climate crisis is getting worse but Labor is going backwards.

"Labor now joins the Liberals with targets that have given up on the science, given up on Glasgow and given up on climate.

"Labor and Liberal want more coal and gas and their low targets mean we lose the fight against global warming.

"Labor’s backdown shows the only way we’ll get climate action is kicking the Liberals out and putting Greens in balance of power to push Labor to go further and faster.

"These targets take us past the point of no return. The Liberals are taking us over the cliff at 200 km/h while Labor’s promising to do it at 180 km/h. Both their plans mean Australia heats up by more than 3 degrees, which is game over for our country."

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