[GREENS-MEDIA] Government's greenhouse policy incoherence exposed

Submitted by Editor on Sat, 29/05/2004 - 12:33

Greens Senator Kerry Nettle today joined Shadow Environment Minister, Kelvin Thompson, to launch two reports compiled by AIDWATCH that expose the government's active support for 'greenhouse' industry in the developing world.



In the wake of Russia's decision to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, the findings of these reports further underling the Government's untenable position on global greenhouse gas abatement.

"The Government's credibility on climate change is in taters. Not only is the Prime Minister still opposing Kyoto but, as these reports show, is undermining the development of renewable industries in developing countries in our region," Senator Nettle said.

"The Prime Minister's argument against Kyoto ratification has been that it does not include developing countries. These reports show that his government is in fact locking developing countries in to fossil fuel industries."

"The Greens support the call from Friends of the Earth for an end to the use of our Export Credit Agencies to fund fossil fuel projects.

"In the last budget seventeen million dollars in subsidies was given to oil companies for exploration whilst a paltry $1.5million went on a 'green vehicle guide.".

"We should be showing leadership in our region by going beyond ratification of Kyoto and committing to reduction in greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

Greens measures to reduce emissions would include:

* Ensuring that buildings and appliances become rapidly more energy efficient by introducing mandatory standards and labelling

* Establishing a 'Sun Fund' to help farmers and others in rural and regional Australia take up energy conservation and renewable energy

* Phasing out coal-fired electricity in Australia by 2050, as part of the switch to renewable energy

* Introducing a carbon levy to finance investment in energy conservation, public transport and renewable energy

Contact Jon Edwards - 0428 213 146

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