According to Energy Matters, the labour Government in Victoria is winning the hearts of the environmentally conscious voter. The 2006 election campaign features a 14 point plan designed to reduce the impact that Australian families are having on the environment by 60 per cent by the year 2050.
According to Labour Tackles Climate Change, Campaign Media unit, labour is stepping up the fight against climate change now to make sure our economy, environment and way of life are protected.
According to Labour Tackles Climate Change, Campaign Media unit, its target is to reduce emissions by 60 per cent on year 2000 levels will drive investment in clean technology, renewable energy like wind farms, and energy efficiency in the home and in industry.
The climate is changing and only by taking strong action will we be able to reverse the damage – and protect the environment, including the water supplies.
Labour will set the path to further reductions of greenhouse gas emissions by:
- Boosting the level of energy production from low emission sources such as clean coal, natural gas, wind, solar and hydro-electricity to 20 per cent by 2020
- Require major electricity generators and industrial users to join the fight against climate change, with specific targets set for separate industries
- Introducing a landmark Climate Change Bill to enshrine emission reduction targets, allow carbon dioxide to be permanently stored underground (geo sequestration) and require large companies to publicly disclose their emissions, and
- Investing $5m to put solar panels on 500 schools and community buildings
The CSIRO predicts that if governments do not take the greenhouse gas responsibilities seriously, the average temperatures will rise by up to five degrees – leading to drought, bushfires and reductions in the water supply.
The Bracks Government will also continue to support the introduction of a national emissions trading scheme.
In contrast the Liberal Party opposes emissions trading and will abolish the Government’s 10 percent renewable energy scheme – VRET
This will decimate the Victorian wind and solar energy industries sending jobs and investment out of the State.
Theo Theophanous, The Minister for Energy Industries and Resources, said more had to be done to address the problem, but Victoria had a proud reputation for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
According to Labour Tackles Climate Change, Campaign Media unit, Victoria is already leading the way with its renewable energy plan, VRET, to cut 27m tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.