The Greens leader, Adam Bandt, says that Anthony Albanese’s unconditional surrender to the Liberals on coal means Labor has given up on climate action, the Paris Agreement and is now aiding the real enemy with 114 new coal and gas projects.
Neither the Liberal or Labor emissions targets are in line with the science or Paris Agreement, and even their weak targets don’t take into account the 114 new coal and gas projects on the books.
The Greens are pushing for a freeze on all new coal and gas projects.
Quotes attributable to Greens Leader, Adam Bandt MP:
“This is a dark day in the fight against global warming.
‘I challenge Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese to look the people of Cobargo, Mallacoota, Lismore or Ballina in the eye and tell them opening a new coal mine is a good idea.
“Coal and gas are the main causes of the climate crisis, but Labor and Liberal want more.
“We’re in the fight of our lives against the climate crisis, but Liberal and now Labor are aiding the enemy by backing more coal and gas. Liberal and Labor are backing 114 new coal and gas projects around the country.
“Liberal and Labor say they care about the climate crisis, but talk is cheap. If you open new coal mines, you’re not serious about climate.
“You can’t put the fire out while pouring petrol on it.
“Only the Greens in balance of power can stop new coal mines.”