Morrison Government should support Climate Change Bill in light of NSW, global developments

SYDNEY, Nov 9 2020 - This morning Independent MP’s Zali Steggall tabled the Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2020 which targets net-zero emissions by 2050.

Greenpeace Australia Pacific spokesperson Jonathan Moylan said the move highlighted the need for the Morrison Government to act when it comes to fighting climate change.

“With China embracing net-zero emissions, the US rejoining the Paris Agreement under Joe Biden and the NSW Government unveiling a renewables-focussed energy roadmap, the Morrison Government now has a perfect opportunity to settle climate change politics and move on to other issues,” he said.

“Business, unions, banks and even power companies themselves are all crying out for a national climate and energy policy to provide investment certainty to ease the transition from dirty fossil fuels to clean energy sources like wind and solar.”

“In a rapidly decarbonising world, investing in fossil fuels like gas puts Australia on the back foot globally when we should be a renewable energy powerhouse – we’re one of the sunniest, windiest places in the world.”

“The Federal Government needs to seize this rare opportunity for a clean, renewable recovery, or risk losing out on many thousands of future-proof jobs for Australians.

“The Morrison Government can make decisions right now that will lead us away from dangerous fossil fuels of the past like gas, and put us on a path to a clean and modern electricity system, powered by thousands of future-proof jobs.”

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