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Part 3: Labor’s climate policy: so will we reach our paltry targets?

And we continue our special series on the Labor Party’s 2010 climate policies. Part one is here, and part 2 here. This edition, we discuss rewarding businesses for being responsible, chopping down trees that according to Labor don’t really exist, and we look at where we’re headed under Labor and where we need to go.

Rewarding business for energy efficiency

(hopefully they’ll turn off some lights too)

A one-off bonus tax deduction for businesses that undertake energy-efficiency capital works, starting from mid-2011. Cost of $180 million over four years, and $1 billion over a decade. Plus, in the meantime an extra $30 million for the Green Building Fund, which provides grants for retrofitting buildings. This is sensible, and could go even further. Wonder how long it will be before they start taking funding away from this one?

Rewarding business by freezing time

The government will keep emissions baselines frozen in time, rewarding businesses that reduce or constrain emissions before an ETS is introduced. If only we could freeze the entire world in time until Labor is ready to implement meaningful climate policies.

Green Start

(another embarrassing name change)

This policy replaces the Greens Loans Scheme, which offered interest-free loans to improve household energy efficiency, another scheme which had… issues. To make a fresh start (see what they did there?) Green Start scrapped the loans part and now offers energy assessments and some other vague unspecified energy efficiency help. Nobody knows, basically.

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Native forest logging and logging and logging

Labor is arguing in international forums that emissions created from native forest logging should not be counted. Even though Victoria’s native forests are the most carbon rich in the world. And even though deforestation of native forests accounts for 20% of Australia’s net greenhouse gas emissions. Labor also says it is committed to a ‛net increase’ in Australia’s ‛vegetation cover’. Oooh, goody, more pine tree plantations where there used to be native forests!

Emissions target shooting

(too little, too late)

Just to recap. The IPCC is a group of scientists who issue comprehensive assessments on climate science. Their report states that to keep global warming at under 2 degrees celsius, Australia as a developed country needs to reduce emissions 40% lower than 1990 levels by 2020. HOWEVER, the IPCCs reports are always on the conservative side because it is a U.N. body and the world’s governments must approve their contents.

So here comes the really hard to take bit. Don’t worry, we’ll get through it together. (more…)

August 18, 2010 at 1:26 am 1 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.

Continue Reading May 5, 2009 at 2:50 am 1 comment


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