The budget is a statement of priorities and in the midst of a pandemic it’s alarming that the Morrison Government continues to prioritise fossil fuel industry profits over the health and safety of Australians.
Covid-19 has brought normal life all over the world to a virtual halt. With fewer cars on the roads and industry scaling down their operations, the skies have cleared, leading many to question just how much pollution we were breathing in during the “normal times”.
Whatever Scott Morrison, oil and gas companies, or the Covid Commission would have you believe, fossil gas has no useful role to play in the energy transition or the economic response to COVID-19. In fact it's dirty, expensive, and unnecessary.
Renewables are not only better for the climate, they are cheaper and create more jobs. Pursuing the concept of a ‘gas-led recovery’ would deliver economic as well as environmental ruin.
Morrison is using the climate emergency to try to force through a range of aggressive policies that will hurt Australia and worsen climate change on the basis of a series of dishonest, unreliable and devious justifications.