Coalition failing us on climate action

The world’s leading authority on climate change, the IPCC, recently released a sobering report on the physical impacts of climate change. 
  
Scott Morrison’s response was to again knock back the essential starting point to climate change action, net zero emissions by 2050.  
             
The report confirms that in Australia temperatures are already on average 1.4 degrees hotter and getting warmer. 
  
That’s higher than the global average. 
  
This looks like: 

  • Increasing extremes such as the incessant drought and devastating floods of recent years; 
  • Increases in the severity of the deadly heatwaves we experience; and 
  • Greater intensity and duration of our bushfire season, like the nation experienced last year.  

This warming is caused by human activity. And it’s a race to do something about it. Saying “I don’t hold a hose” just doesn’t cut it. Our children and grandchildren deserve more.
  
This report is another clear sign that the world is going to move rapidly toward renewable energy. We are in danger of missing the bus and letting other countries steal jobs in renewables.
  
By investing in renewables, we could be creating thousands of good-paying jobs in growing industries and making power cheaper for homes and businesses alike.  
  
We have a once in a generation opportunity for Australia to jump ahead of the pack – with renewable energy, made by our workers and our technology here at home, being exported to a world hungry with demand.  
  
Instead, we are saddled with a Prime Minister who refuses to act.    
  
The world’s climate emergency is Australia’s jobs opportunity.  
  
Labor’s plan to create jobs and cut emissions includes a commitment to net zero by 2050 and outlining a strong roadmap to get there. 
  
We will invest $20 billion to Rewire the Nation, urgently upgrading the electricity grid, using local content and creating local jobs while we do it, to bring on renewables. 
  
We will provide incentives for 10,000 young Australians to train in the new energy jobs of the future.  
  
We will end Morrison’s scaremongering on electric vehicles and cut taxes to make them cheaper. 
  
We will install 400 community batteries across the country, reducing power bills and cutting emissions. 
  
We will prioritise offshore wind regulations to unlock the billions of dollars and thousands of jobs for Australia’s regions that Morrison is stalling.  
  
We have a Government divided even on the basic science of climate change, unable to commit to net zero by 2050, let alone able to deliver on the opportunities the changing global economy presents for Australia’s future.  
  
With Scott Morrison it is always too little too late.  It is a race, and it’s time we caught up. 

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