Oct 22, 2007 - 10:14am
The Climate Institute has welcomed recognition from the Prime Minister
that the next international agreement would be based on binding targets
to reduce greenhouse pollution.
“Both parties have now promised
binding targets which is an important step in the right direction,” said
John Connor Chief Executive Climate Institute.
“We also welcome
Mr Howard’s promise to talk tough to President Bush who is still
resisting binding targets, but actions speak louder than words and the
only action that will count would be to join those other nations
committed to binding targets by ratifying the Kyoto Protocol.”
the commitment to assistance for low income households is also
meaningless in the absence of pollution targets which will determine any
possible impacts, and therefore what sort of assistance might be
required. In any event, action on energy efficiency under this fund
would not commence until an Emissions Trading Scheme is in place, which
the Coalition suggests may be five years away.”
Institute also welcomed Mr Rudd's commitment during last night’s debate
to climate science but called on him to come clean on the direction of
Australia's greenhouse pollution.
"The science is clear,
developed countries like Australia will need to reverse rising pollution
within five years with substantial reductions by 2020 - is that what we
can expect from a Rudd Government?" asked Mr Connor.
reaction of the worm during the debate mirrors our polling in marginal
seats that shows Australian voters care about climate change, but our
research shows leadership is up for grabs with 68% of swinging voters
believing both major parties are the same on the issue.”
parties should come out with stronger actions to combat climate change
by switching Australia to clean energy, turning around greenhouse
pollution within the next five years and showing international
leadership by ratifying the Kyoto Protocol.”