Coalition climate misquotes Media Release

Jul 19, 2010 - 9:30am

Comments made by Tony Abbott today on the campaign trail about The Climate Insitute's analysis of Coalition policy appear to show a level of misunderstanding, said The Climate Institute's CEO John Connor. 

Mr. Connor said:

“On The Climate Institute's domestic analysis of major parties’ climate policies, and China's climate policies, Mr Abbott has shown a level of misunderstanding at best, or at worst, is being misleading.

“Our analysis shows neither major party has credible policies for achieving even a 5 per cent, let alone 25 per cent, pollution reduction target.

“It is true that The Coalition is ahead of the Government, owing to its policy vacuum, on measures to reduce pollution but under the Coalition policies, pollution levels are still set to increase 7 per cent above 2000 levels by 2020.

“The Coalition is relatively better on pollution but doesn’t come up smelling of roses as pollution levels will still rise and they have no credible policies to reach even the 5 per cent emissions reduction target.

“The first run of our Pollute-o-meter shows that both parties current policies will see Australia’s pollution increasing through 2020 - ALP 21% above 2000 levels by 2020 and the Coalition 7%, and fail to achieve stated international commitments of 5 to 25 % reduction of 2000 levels by 2020.

“The Climate Institute detailed star rating analysis, which includes a global perspective, has the Government just in front of the Coalition, scoring one out of a possible five stars, ahead of the Coalition on half a star.

“Mr Abbott misunderstands the significant action being taken in China with implicit carbon prices in a range of policies like renewable energy standards, energy efficiency policies and other measures such as closing down emission intensive power plants and steel mills.

“Finally, Mr Abbott appears to misunderstand his own policies which also have an implicit carbon price such as support for renewable energy targets and penalties for dirtier new power plants.

“There's no avoiding the need for a limit and a price tag on pollution for a credible plan on pollution and climate change.”

For further information:
John Connor | CEO, The Climate Institute |  0413 968 475
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