The tide is turning . . .

 



Nearly twelve years ago, there was a sense that climate change was finally being considered. Local groups were starting up everywhere (CCBR was one of the first); the Howard Government, at the last minute, finally ratified the Kyoto Protocol, but lost government anyway to Kevin Rudd.

After a promising start, pressure to act became disssipated until the price on carbon was abolished by the 2013 Abbott government, and 'business as usual' forces took over. But now the science is clearer than ever, ordinary people are experiencing more and more extraordinary weather: and solutions (or, at least steps) are more readily available.

In Australia, it's clear that government still resists facing the urgency of action necessary. Can we ride this out with old technology and values, or do we need to act as scientists advocate, and in line with many other countries and administrations? The 2019 elections: NSW and Federal, are the time for us choose.

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COMPARE THE FEDERAL PARTY POLICIES

 

 

 

Liberal

Labor

Greens

COAL MINING AND THE PROPOSED ADANI MINE

Australia is the world's largest coal exporter.

No mention of coal or mines. Recently approved Adani 's groundwater plans.

No mention of coal or mines

Have not declared they will stop the Adani mine.

No new coal mines, including Adani. Phase out all coal exports by 2030.

TRANSITION TO A NEW ENERGY FUTURE

As the world moves on from fossil fuels, jobs in coal will be lost.

Maintain coal mining and exporting.

Just Transition Authority statutory body.

Establish Renew Australia, as a public authority.

TARGET FOR RENEWABLES

Business needs policy certainty to ensure it can adapt to a clean energy world.

23.5% renewable energy by 2020. No target beyond that.

Construct Snowy Hydro 2.0

50% renewable by 2030, for 70,000 clean energy jobs.

100% renewable energy by 2030.  

Set Energy Storage Target.

TARGET FOR EMISSIONS

All countries need to surpass their Paris commitment to keep warming below 1.5C.

26% - 28% below 2005 levels by 2030.

45% on 2005 levels by 2030, and net zero pollution by 2050.

63% - 82% reduction by 2030, and net zero emissions by 2040.

STRATEGIES TO REDUCE AUSTRALIA'S CARBON EMISSIONS

Australia's emissions have been rising since 2013.

A $2 billion Climate Solutions Fund. to help farmers, etc reduce emissions

Extend the Safeguard Mechanism on big polluters

A price on carbon to make heavy industry and energy companies pay for excess emissions

TRANSPORT

Transport is the second highest source of emissions (20%), and growing fast.

Develop a National Electric Vehicle Strategy 

EVs to be 50% of new car sales by 2030.

Set emissions standards.

$200m for 200 fast charging stations

EVs to be 100% of new vehicle sales by 2030.

$150m for fast charging infrastructure.

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POSTCARD A POLLIE

Send a card or a letter to your candidate - or the relevant minister - and double your chances by sending them to the leader of the opposition and shadow ministers: they might very well be the next ones in government.

What will you write? Try one of these ideas - or something else that you think is important. 

POLICY ASKS

In a nutshell we support three key policies

  • 100% Renewable energy by 2030
  • No New coal or gas projects
  • Stop Adani 

 

Recently in a discussion meeting, our members homed in on these issues - affecting both Federal and State policies. 

Coal

 Refuse approvals for new thermal coal mines as coal is now in terminal decline.

  • Plan for a just and orderly transition for coal communities, considering both miners and power station workers, and fast enough to be consistent with Australia's international obligations on emissions. Provide retraining and support replacement industries.

  • Strengthen and enforce rehabilitation of mine sites both during operation and at closure.

  • Oppose coal and CSG projects such as mining under Sydney Water Catchment, Whitehaven's Vickery mine in the Gunnedah Basin, Bylong Valley in the Hunter region, and Santos CSG project near Narrabri.

Electricity

  • Set a target to move to 100% renewable energy.

  • Encourage large scale renewable alternatives, e.g. concentrated solar thermal.

  • Provide interest-free loans to low income households for efficiency upgrades, solar PV and battery storage.

  • Encourage electricity demand management in response to changing patterns of generation and consumption.

  • Support development of pumped hydro schemes, within environmental constraints.

Transport

  • Integrate transport policy and infrastructure planning, e.g. by ensuring at least 50% of all transport infrastructure spending is directed to public and active transport.

  • Encourage shift to electric vehicles for both private and public use, together with the shift in electricity generation to renewable sources.

  • Encourage car share and ride share rather than purchase of vehicles for one-driver use.

  • Use taxes to influence transport choices, e.g. congestion tax for Sydney, carbon pricing for shipping.

  • Advocate for strong federal vehicle emissions standards, such as those in Europe and California, for both particulate and greenhouse gas emissions.

Land and water

  • Protect our underground water basins from extraction and pollution.

  • Protect our Sydney Water Catchment from longwall mining.

  • Police land clearing, and reverse the "Biodiversity" legislation which enables it.

  • Restore river health, including by limiting cotton and rice production.

  • Promote regenerative farming through grants and education.