Far from advancing the Coalition's position on climate change for the federal election, the Liberal State Premiers are heaping pressure on Tony Abbott on carbon pricing by abandoning all their own climate schemes and handing full responsibility to the Commonwealth, the Australian Greens said today.
"The Australian community and business are going to have to choose between the past and the future at the 2013 election," Australian Greens Acting Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.
"Tony Abbott and the coal mining industry want to take Australia back to a dig it up, fossil fuel comfort zone which will leave Australia in a disastrous economic position within a decade as an uncompetitive global backwater.
"Campbell Newman abandoning support for the Queensland solar flagships project and a great array of renewable energy programs means destroying the Great Barrier Reef for coal is a higher priority for him than a transition to renewable energy and the high quality long-term jobs in would provide.
"The same applies to Ted Baillieu, who wants to start a brown coal export industry and now wants to abandon a higher climate target that would drive renewables and energy efficiency.
"In NSW, Barry O'Farrell has slashed support for solar power, undermined the wind industry and promoted coal and coal seam gas.
"Liberal State Premiers have said that they don't need state climate programs when the Federal government has put in place a carbon price.
"All this heaps pressure on Tony Abbott and sets up the 2013 election as a referendum on climate change."