Three days ago Kevin Rudd announced more than a billion dollars in extra handouts for big polluters, on top of the more than $7.4 billion already announced – and that we’ll have to wait until after the next election before the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme begins.
What’s more, the emissions reduction target remains the same – a measly 5% – unless other countries drag us to the unlikely new upper limit, 25%. Meaningful action on climate change is getting further away – and experts have long told us that delay costs the economy and the environment.
We know the solution: a massive investment in renewable energy. So GetUp is launching this simple commonsense ask: “Invest more in renewable energy than you handout to big polluters”:
A massive investment in renewable energy means we can stimulate the Australian economy and create hundreds of thousands of clean energy jobs, starting right now. It’s the only way we can break free of the shackles of the dirty coal industry, whose political donations and threats about jobs are holding us back.
The emissions trading scheme won’t even start before the next election, but clean energy jobs are there for the taking today. With so many Australian jobs under threat from the global financial crisis, we can’t afford NOT to invest in renewable energy.
It’s pretty simple stuff – but this Government’s just not getting the message. Tell them today:
To tackle climate change we need to wean ourselves off dirty energy – that’s what emissions trading is for. But more importantly, we need to make renewable energy cheaper – and investment in new clean energy technology does that, while creating thousands of jobs. Who’d be against that?
PS – More than 90% of people responding to a GetUp initiative rated investment in renewable energy as a top campaign priority for this year. The climate crisis means we can’t wait until after the next election for action, so let’s send the Government a clear message: clean energy investment and clean energy jobs, not polluter handouts and corporate greed.
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