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As long as Australia fails to transition away from fossil fuels, its climate policy is meaningless

If a climate policy does nothing to stop new gas and coalmines getting built then it’s not a climate policy, it's a cover story. According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the International Energy Agency, and the International Institute for Sustainable Development, if the world is to have any chance of avoiding dangerous climate change the world won't need any new gas or coal projects. But here in Australia not only are there 114 new fossil fuel projects on the drawing board, the Albanese government’s so-called "safeguard mechanism" reforms won't even stop enormous new sources of pollution from being built while it is trying to get existing polluters to cut their emissions. The simple truth is that Australia is still failing to transition away from fossil fuels.

January 11, 2023

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