Wednesday 3 April 2013
|Senator Christine Milne|
"The release of the Climate Commission report today should end climate denial and put higher greenhouse reduction targets and adaptation to existing warming on the political agenda," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.
"Every year as Australians suffer more extreme heat waves, floods, fires and storms, there is a chorus of denial that the intensity or frequency of the events is linked to climate change. Every year these events are described as one-offs or one in a hundred years.
"This must now stop. Climate change is real and urgent. It's why the Greens drove leadership on climate action during this period of government, with the clean energy package being a direct result of the Greens' agreement with the Gillard Government.
"The heat is now on Tony Abbott. Australians deserve leadership that anticipates natural disasters and works to avoid extreme weather events, not bring them on.
"Now is not the time for Tony Abbott to abandon the 41,000 gwh target for the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target or tear down the whole clean energy package including the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, nor is it the time for Prime Minister Gillard to abolish the Climate Change Department or defund the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility.
"The Government and Coalition need to restore funding for whole-of-government planning on climate change, and come clean on who will pay for the ever increasing damages bill.
"They need to restore funding to the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, and increase funding for the National Disaster Resilience Program, as well as pledge support for a higher greenhouse gas reduction target.
"The cost of not acting on climate change is greater than the cost of acting.
"The report highlights that billions of dollars are spent in reconstruction after natural disasters - the cost of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires cost Victoria an estimated $4.4 billion; the 2010/11 Queensland floods over $5 billion; Cyclone Yasi - $1.6 billion. And worse, people lose their lives, their homes, and their businesses.
"The Greens established the Senate Inquiry into extreme weather events so that we can identify the gaps in our preparedness for the increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events.
"While Labor and the Coalition play political games, only the Greens are prepared for the long-term climate change challenge and are proposing strong action to reduce our carbon emissions and adapt to global warming.
"Only the Greens can be trusted to stand up strongly and consistently to care for the environment and for future generations that will."
"Only the Greens can be trusted to stand up strongly and consistently to care for the environment and for future generations that will depend on a healthy planet."
SMH March 3 article:
Australia's main electricity market could source all of its electricity from renewable energy with the help of a carbon price of as low as $50 a tonne, according to research at the University of NSW.
The researchers found currently available renewable energy technologies such as wind and concentrated solar thermal power could displace all fossil-fuelled power plants in the National Electricity Market, according to a peer-reviewed paper published in the international Energy Policy journal.
Link to SMH article .. Switch to fully renewable energy within reach: report