Death of carbon trading welcomed

Friends of the Earth has welcomed moves to delay the passage of the government's carbon trading legislation. They say the polluter-friendly legislation was unlikely to cut greenhouse gases in Australia and would lock the country into a high carbon economy. They urged the government to go back to the drawing board and look at new regulation, planning and investments that really drive down greenhouse pollution.

Media Release : May 28 2009

Death of carbon trading welcomed

Environment group Friends of the Earth has welcomed moves to delay the passage of the government's carbon trading legislation. They say the polluter-friendly legislation was unlikely to cut greenhouse gases in Australia and would lock the country into a high carbon economy. They urged the government to go back to the drawing board and look at new regulation, planning and investments that really drive down greenhouse pollution.

“The death of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme is a reprieve for the climate and an opportunity to put in place a real plan to cut global warming pollution”, Damien Lawson, Climate Justice coordinator, Friends of the Earth said today.

“Billion dollar hand-outs to polluters and a carbon price set by the overseas carbon market would not have driven the transformation that is needed to halt climate change.”

“It is no surprise Greg Combet was telling the big polluters to get on board yesterday; this scheme was a polluters paradise.”

“The reality is the weak targets and the low carbon price envisaged by the scheme, combined with unlimited outsourcing of pollution cuts, meant it would never have driven the changes that are needed.”

“There is now an opportunity to go back to the drawing board and put in place a real plan to cut carbon pollution.”

“The government has options beyond a trading scheme.”

“We need real commitments to public-led investment in energy efficiency, renewable energy and electrifying transportation.”

“The public-led investment in large scale solar thermal, announced in the Budget, is the sort of of government action that can really kick-start a renewable revolution. We need more investments like these, combined with a national gross-feed-in-law and strong renewable energy target.”

“Ending coal exports and protecting Australia's forests would more than halve Australia's carbon footprint.”

“Regardless of when the election is held the Australian people want to see real action on climate change not the roulette wheel of carbon trading,” Mr Lawson concluded.

Information and comment: Damien Lawson 0419 253 342