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OECD FAILS LIBERALS ON CLIMATE AND ENERGY

January 31, 2019

Today’s OECD Environmental Performance Review: Australia 2019 once again highlights the failure of the Liberals’ inadequate climate and energy policies.

After five years of the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government the report finds “Australia needs to develop a long-term strategy that integrates energy and climate policies to support progress towards its commitment to reduce greenhouse emissions.”

Calling out the Liberal lie that Australia will meet our already inadequate pollution targets, the OECD confirms carbon emissions are actually projected to increase to 2030, saying Australia will “fall short of its 2030 emissions target”, and  “Australia needs to intensify efforts to reach its Paris Agreement goal” as there “is no national long-term low-emission strategy.”

The report recommends implementing a national integrated energy and climate policy framework for 2030 based on a low-emission development strategy for 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement.

Yet the Liberals, under Scott Morrison, ditched an energy policy which would deliver emissions reduction in the energy sector, appointed an Energy Minister who describes the need for taking action on climate change as “blind faith,” and have no plan to reduce emissions in the land, industrial, transport or other sectors of the economy.

The report does point to the opportunities available in Australia to transition to a low carbon economy such as the untapped renewable energy potential which a Shorten Labor Government will deliver along with good jobs and cheaper power for Australians.

It is clear the Liberals are burying their heads in the sand and ignoring the overwhelming demands of the Australian people for serious action on climate change.

Taking action on climate change will be a priority for a Shorten Labor Government. It is our promise, if elected, to future generations.

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