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Apr 24, 2019: FoE Australia media release
The federal election will be held on May 18. With climate change already bearing down on us, a recent decision by the government of Scott Morrison to sign off on Commonwealth approvals for the Adani Carmichael coal mine, and a robust debate about energy and renewables, there is no doubt that this will be the #climateelection.
Elections are a time to remind all parties that they need to deliver solid action on climate change and the environment.
The following are our key policy proposals for the 2019 federal election.
Listen to the science
Climate science makes it abundantly clear that if we want to have a hope of avoiding dangerous climate change we must stop digging up fossil fuels.
- Commit to stopping the Adani Carmichael coal mine in Queensland
- Commit Australia to 100% renewable energy by 2030
- Rule out coal-to-hydrogen technologies in any plan to develop a hydrogen industry
- Rule out supporting or funding experimental waste-carbon injection (carbon capture and storage) projects
- Rule out releasing further offshore oil and gas exploration licenses, as NZ/ Aotearoa has done
- Support the No More Bad Investments legislation
- Rule out forcing the medium level radioactive waste dump on unwilling communities
Start the transition
The time for coal is over. We need to transform our economy. We need to take everyone with us – this means supporting sectors and communities which will be on the frontline of structural change.
At the federal level, this includes the need to:
- Extend the existing national Renewable Energy Target (RET) beyond 2020, with the addition of policies to encourage the rollout of energy storage
- Enshrine action on climate change in the National Electricity Market (NEM) rules to guide the transition to renewable energy
- Establish a public authority Transition Australia to guide the shift to 100% renewable energy in the electricity sector and provide transition programs for people in areas that have historically been dependent on coal mining
- Get the Climate Change Authority to undertake an immediate update of Australia’s carbon budget and the emissions cuts needed to limit warming to 1.5oC
- Each year, the impacts of climate change grow.