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Carlo Carli taking action on climate change?

Carlo Carli’s glossy brochure to households in Brunswick requesting that we join him to ‘take action on climate change’ is just the first we can expect as Labour tries to paint itself green in the lead up to the State election in November.

Carlo wants us to ask the Greens to vote for the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, but rightly they refuse to do so because CPRS locks in decades of failure on climate change. The government’s own modelling shows that if the CPRS is passed Australia’s emissions won’t drop until 2035, and then not enough to stop runaway climate change.  The Victorian government, of which Carlo is a member, is one of the most pro-coal in the country, constantly scuttling renewable energy initiatives and looking for new opportunities to expand the coal industry in Victoria.

It’s going to take more than glossy brochures to turn around Labour’s woeful record on climate action at both the State and Federal level. With my local group Climate Action Moreland I’m intending to campaign against Labour’s pro-coal, do-nothing CPRS and for policies that support not discourage the growth of renewable energy.

Ellen Robert

Climate Action Moreland

December 23, 2009 at 10:43 am Leave a comment

Now the CPRS is gone we need real action on climate change, says Climate Action Moreland

Moreland residents are calling for real action on climate change now that the government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme has failed.

‘We’ve been campaigning all year against the CPRS because we think its too weak and won’t stop climate change. Now the Liberal party have voted against it, Labour needs to step up with a better option,’ said Climate Action Moreland spokesperson Ellen Roberts.

‘We’ve been talking to the people of Moreland and we’ve found there is strong support in here for real action on climate change.

‘The CPRS however doesn’t count as real action. One of the world’s leading climate scientists, James Hansen, has condemned Labour’s 5% emissions reduction target as resulting in ‘the destruction of planet’ if adopted globally. Labour has quietly announced that it will take the amended CPRS, with its expanded unconditional hand outs to polluters and unlimited capacity for offsetting, to the next election.’

‘As an alternative to emissions trading, Climate Action Moreland is calling for a switch to renewable energy, and more investment in public transport. These are clear and effective policy options that don’t rely on complex and unjust systems like emissions trading.’

December 2, 2009 at 4:34 pm Leave a comment

At last – someone is talking sense.

The CPRS ‘locks in failure’

The government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) is being debated in the Senate this week. If passed, the CPRS will lock in failure. It ignores the climate change science, protects the brown economy, and further delays Australia’s transition to a clean green economy.

Bob Brown and the Greens are taking the fight to the Senate for policy that gives our planet a fighting chance for a safer future. CAM supports their efforts.

The Greens have produced an anti-CPRS advertisement and need $30,000 by tomorrow to have it shown on TV next week. This is one of those crucial moment in Australia’s history. Let’s all help the Greens out and make it happen!

View the ad here

August 12, 2009 at 11:33 am Leave a comment

Pulling Yourself Off The Ground By Your Whiskers

How can Australia learn from the lessons of the EU?

Australia is ramping up for an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). The Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) having been passed in the lower house is heading for the Senate and it looks like the Liberals may pass it after all (which is the only way it would go through, as both independents and The Greens have stated that they won’t). The ramifications of the scheme will be far more widespread than even the GST, and it has the scope to affect every Australian. However, there is still much confusion and little real debate about what may actually happen. Will jobs be lost, will there be an explosion of green jobs and most importantly will emissions go down.

The EU has been operating an ETS for a few years now and many of the mistakes that were made in its inception are being repeated and expanded on by the Rudd Labor Government. And with a global deal in Copenhagen only months away, understanding how the system works is more important than ever. George Monbiot has generously given CAM permission to re-publish his article that appeared in the Guardian a few weeks back that takes a look at the UK’s targets of 80% by 2050.

George, many thanks and all the best from CAM.

Here is the simple mathematical reason why large scale carbon offsets can’t work

By George Monbiot. Published in the Guardian, 17th July 2009

Well at least that clears up the mystery. Over the past year I’ve been fretting over an intractable contradiction. The government [UK] has promised spectacular cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. It is also pushing through new roads and runways, approving coal-burning power stations, bailing out motor manufacturers and ditching its regulations for low-carbon homes. How can these policies be reconciled?

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July 26, 2009 at 3:29 pm Leave a comment

The CPRS – making a bad scheme even worse!

Changes to the government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme scheme announced yesterday Monday 4 May, have caused a stir in the media, between the political parties, and even between green groups. The ALP has attempted to compromise by increasing the reduction target while at the same time increasing hand outs to big polluters and delaying the introduction to the scheme.

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