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Labor failing first climate test and helping Morrison

The Australian Greens have said Labor is letting Scott Morrison off the hook as its new climate spokesperson, Chris Bowen, fails to adopt the independent Climate Targets Panel’s call for at least 50% emissions reduction by 2030. The Greens are putting pressure on Scott Morrison over his weak 2030 targets and are calling on Labor to join them.

This morning when asked if Labor would set a 2030 target, the new Shadow Minister avoided the question, then when asked if Labor would support a new gas fired power station he again deflected.

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As Labor drops the ball, Climate Targets Panel puts science back at the top of the debate, where it belongs

The Greens have welcomed a new independent report on Australia’s 2030 targets, which shows Australia’s 2030 targets must be at least doubled to 50% to meet the Paris climate agreement and avoid catastrophe. The report also shows the cost of the Coalition’s inaction on emissions, burning through nearly half of Australia’s Paris Agreement ‘2 degrees’ carbon budget in just eight years.

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Conservative thinktank planning for the end of coal shows urgency for transition planning

 

The release of a report planning for the end of coal by the right-leaning Blueprint Institute shows that all sides of politics were now calling for a managed transition out of coal, Leader of the Australian Greens Adam Bandt MP said.

“The time of coal is over and the time for clean energy has begun,” Mr Bandt said. “When even conservative think tanks are putting forward proposals to leave coal, you can tell this transition is unstoppable.

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Motion: Climate Action

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the New South Wales (NSW) Government has released a plan to transition to renewable energy, including through the creation of renewable energy zones, support for solar and wind power projects and the development of new transmission capacity,

(ii) the NSW Government has a goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2050, and

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COVID IS NOT A CLIMATE POLICY

Greens Leader, Adam Bandt, says the latest reported emissions drop, driven by the Covid-19 shutdowns, should provide no cover for the Morrison Government.
 
Australia’s reduction targets are some of the weakest in the developed world and are under renewed pressure after the election of Joe Biden who has called on nations to lift 2030 targets.
 
Indeed, when volatile land clearing figures are excluded, Australia’s emissions are actually above 2005 levels.
 
“Covid is not a climate policy,” Bandt said.
 

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Speech: Climate Crisis & Coal

I rise to support the disallowance motion and associate myself with the comments made by my Greens colleague Senator Waters from Queensland. I will say that loud and clear: she is a Greens senator from Queensland who cares about Queenslanders, who cares about the workers in Queensland, who cares that the environment they work in is safe and healthy, and who cares about a healthy planet for everyone.

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Climate wars won't end by surrendering

The Australian Greens Leader, Adam Bandt, has said Labor’s latest offer to embrace carbon capture and storage won’t help tackle the climate emergency, saying you don’t end the climate wars by surrendering.

“You don’t end the climate wars by surrendering,” Greens Leader Adam Bandt said.

“We need a plan to get coal out of the system, not to lock it in.
“The Liberals don’t care about climate change, so holding out for bipartisanship is just a recipe for inaction.”

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Greens will fight government gas pipe dream in Tech Roadmap

Greens Leader Adam Bandt has pledged to fight the government’s gas push laid out in the Technology Road Map Discussion Paper released by the government today.

Mr Bandt also said the leaked COVID Commission push for a gas-rush shows the corruption of process the government is using to develop a plan for manufacturing.

“We need to be ending Australia’s addiction to toxic methane gas not feeding it,” Mr Bandt said.

“Coal, oil and gas are the primary cause of the climate crisis. We can't solve the climate emergency and economic crisis by pouring gas on the fire.”

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