Earlier this month, Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) CEO Kelly O’Shanassy called on the Greens to support legislation enshrining the federal government’s 2030 43% emissions reduction target in law.
Greenpeace has endorsed legislating Labor’s target as an “important first step in tackling Australia’s climate pollution”.
The Greens’ failure to support Labor’s emissions trading scheme in 2009 contributed to a decade of policy inaction, delay and denial. Instead of making progress on climate change, Australia instead went backwards.
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History may be repeating, according to Crispin Hull, with the Greens threatening to once again block Labor’s target:
The Greens are behaving like the National Party – again. They are threatening to side with the Liberal Party to defeat sensible climate policy in Australia…
The Greens executed the threat in 2007 and 2008. In the Senate they voted twice with the Liberal Party to do down then Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s legislation to address “the greatest moral challenge of our generation”. And a decade of climate inaction followed.
In 2007 and 2008, Greens leader Bob Brown allowed the futile pursuit of the perfect to defeat the achievement of the good. It was shameful.
And as we head into the first week of parliamentary sittings of the new Labor Government, Greens leader Adam Bandt is doing the same thing: threatening to vote against Labor’s target of 43 percent reduction in greenhouse gases because he thinks it is not good enough.
But surely it is better than not legislating for anything at all…
The important thing is for the Greens not to jeopardise at least a start which can be improved later.
Crispin Hull has also called on Labor to direct its preferences away from the Greens to the Sustainable Australia party, which has far better environmental credentials:
In total eight, perhaps nine, of the 16 Green members of Parliament owe their positions to Labor preferences…
In any event other parties on the left have better environmental credentials than the Greens. Certainly, Sustainable Australia with its vigorous policy to reduce or eliminate population growth is better environmentally credentialed than the Greens who will not go there.
Indeed, the debate about climate and the recent State of the Environment report almost totally fail to mention the underlying cause of the problem: population growth and in Australia high immigration which causes koala and other habitat to be trashed for housing.
The reality is that the Greens are a fake environmental party. They continually block legislation to reduce carbon emissions. And they rabidly support ‘Big Australia’ immigration, which wrecks the environment.
Population multiplied by units of consumption equals total environment impact. It’s not rocket science. Yet the Greens are as open borders as you get.
The Greens are as pro-environment as Labor is pro-worker.