August 18, 2022

Labor’s Support For Fossil Fuel Projects Could Undermine Greens’ Hopes For 43%

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Labor's Support For Fossil Fuel Projects Could Undermine Greens' Hopes For 43%

Adam Bandt, the leader of the Green Party, claims that the party’s support for the government’s climate legislation may depend on whether it continues to support new fossil fuel projects. He also promises to pressure Labor to advance its carbon reduction objectives “further and faster.”

In response to the prime minister’s remark that the government would not compromise with the Greens to get the bill past the Senate, Bandt claimed Labor was the “sole barrier” standing in the way of the incoming parliament’s ambitious climate goals.

According to Bandt, the next administration “should do more than be marginally better than Scott Morrison and marginally better than business as usual.”

“We need to start acting in accordance with the evidence, and it’s crucial to realize that Labor’s target is not research-driven; it is predicated on a degree of global warming of 2C or higher, which is incompatible with the temperature goals of the Paris agreement.

It will result in the Great Barrier Reef dying, failed crops in Australia, severe floods, and droughts, so we must act as science demands. Labor's Support For Fossil Fuel Projects Could Undermine Greens' Hopes For 43%

The government’s backing for new gas and coal projects, according to Bandt, was a “major problem” for the Greens when deciding whether to support the law. He questioned if emissions from the Beetaloo Basin or Scarborough projects had been taken into account in Labor’s forecasts.

While the Scarborough project might produce more than 1.6 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions during its lifespan, fracking the Beetaloo Basin in the Northern Territory has the potential to increase Australia’s emissions by 13 percent.

According to Bandt, “Labor’s willingness to support Scarborough, Beetaloo, and a host of other projects are of severe worry to the climate, and we are concerned that Labor’s aim and modeling of even its weak 43 percent target do not take into account these new projects.”

These are significant concerns that we want to talk more with the government and will bring up during negotiations since they are related—opening up new coal and gas projects will exceed Australia’s carbon budget.

We don’t want to negotiate a bill in parliament on a Monday only to learn on Tuesday that Labor is opening the Beetaloo or Scarborough gas basins, completely undermining everything the legislature has accomplished.

When parliament convenes for the first time later this month, the government will present legislation for its new carbon reduction target as well as a new monitoring and reporting system, according to climate and energy minister Chris Bowen.

The party was willing to engage on the law “with strong beliefs but open minds,” according to Adam Bandt, who criticized the government’s “take it or leave it” strategy.

Together, we can do things, but since neither of us has a majority, certain concessions would have to be made on both sides, he remarked.

Labor's Support For Fossil Fuel Projects Could Undermine Greens' Hopes For 43%

“We are not approaching this with a threat of an ultimatum. Labor is the only group that won’t talk, and they are the only ones standing in the way of greater climate ambition.

Bandt urged Labor to reconsider, especially when Albanese explicitly addressed the concerns of Pacific island nations on climate change. Bandt claimed that the party had received initial briefings from the administration in which its unwillingness to engage had been made obvious.

The foreign minister of Tuvalu stated that the Pacific Islanders wanted an end to new coal and gas projects and that Labor’s aims were insufficient to address their concerns.

“Labor is under pressure from friends and the global community to cease approving new coal and gas projects and take action on climate change; this is not a problem that will go away, contrary to what the Green Party may believe.

Being marginally less terrible than Scott Morrison is not what the climate demands, so part of our role as lawmakers is to press Labor to follow the scientific consensus.

Albanese had a valid point when he claimed a majority in the House of Representatives, but Bandt said that the prime minister needed to acknowledge the change in the Senate, where the Greens will now control the balance of power.

Labor's Support For Fossil Fuel Projects Could Undermine Greens' Hopes For 43%

Prior to his Tuesday trip to Fiji, Albanese declared that the government would uphold its election promise to enact legislation setting a medium-term emissions target of 43%, which experts say will fall short of Australia’s commitment under the Paris Agreement to keep global warming preferably below 1.5C.

The Greens party will be responsible if they don’t learn from their 2009 actions, which resulted in a decade of inaction, delay, and denial, according to Albanese.

“We’ll present the measure to the legislature. Every member of the House and Senate should vote in favor of it. They will be held responsible if they don’t.

The party’s decision to oppose Kevin Rudd‘s carbon pollution reduction plan in 2009 was referred to by Albanese as “gratuitous” by Bandt.

It’s a rewriting of history, he argued, and the government itself then declared that it would take a “take it or leave it” stance.

“That was just rejected by the people, and I urge the administration to reconsider that kind of ultimatum tactics, especially when it comes to something as important as climate change.”

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