Climate Institute Report card fails Labor and Coalition, with Greens outright winner

The Climate Institute report card on the parties’ climate change policies shows a stark contrast between the successful Greens (90%) and failed Coalition (23%) and Labor (40%). The environment and climate change tops the economy as a voters’ concern in 2007.

"The Climate Institute’s methodology is conservative. For example, it overlooks the huge greenhouse gas policies of both big parties in promoting the logging and burning of Tasmania’s forests and Gunns’ polluting pulp mill which will exude 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. Both parties back public monies going to fund these activities," Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"The Greens’ policy to retrofit Australia’s 7.4 million homes with insulation and a solar hot water service has not been matched by Mr Turnbull or Mr Garrett," Senator Brown said.

"And neither party is prepared for the shock news (Guardian overnight)that world oil production peaked in 2006 and will fall 7% per year – an issue Greens Senator Christine Milne has pursued in the senate for years."

"The Greens’ call for a funding switch from tollways to fast, efficient public transport must be heard by Labor and the Coalition," Senator Brown said.

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