Rudd must reject Garnaut's low climate change targets

\RuddFriends of the Earth Australia has described Garnaut's report as a "recipe for disaster" and called on the government to reject his proposed low-end carbon pollution targets.

 

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Media Release

September 30 2008

Rudd must reject Garnaut's low climate change targets

Friends of the Earth Australia has described Garnaut's report as a "recipe for disaster" and called on the government to reject his proposed low-end carbon pollution targets.

Professor Garnaut's Final Report outlining the science and economics of climate change and emission trading was released today.

"The Garnaut review has outlined the looming catastrophe of climate change and the economic costs of not taking action but has failed to recommend action that will solve the problem."

"A target of 550 ppm of carbon dioxide is a recipe for disaster and even the lower target of 450 ppm will mean we will face runaway climate change.

"The Arctic sea ice and Himalaya glaciers are already disappearing and the permafrost bomb is looming. We need much deeper cuts. "

"This is a deeply contradictory report. On the one hand the threat and costs of climate change are clearly outlined and on the other a plan for failure is recommended."

"Professor Garnaut has described strong targets as delusional, but he continues to feed a delusional policy debate that recognises the problem but doesn't want to implement the solution."

"The government must take heed of the science and economics in this report but should ignore the deeply political recommendations for low targets."

"We can not wait for the rest of the world before we act and we will not be listened to unless we act strongly."

"We urge the government to urgently convene a panel of Australia's climate scientists to outline clearly the targets that the climate science demands and inform the urgent development of emergency action on climate change."

Friends of the Earth Australia has previously written to Professor Garnaut and the government calling for modelling to be conducted on a program to reduce emissions to 300-325 ppm of CO2.

For information: Damien Lawson 0419 253 342