On new research published by Nature showing stating 95% of Australia’s coal reserves are unburnable by 2050 if the world is to have a 50% chance of avoiding global warming in excess of 2 degrees Celsius.
Senator Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said:
“The Abbott Government needs to do more than just add the word science to Ian Macfarlane’s portfolio, they need to take climate science seriously.
“Instead Tony Abbott is blocking his ears to science and the community and ticking off on massive coal mines to dramatically increase our national contribution to global warming
“This research shows 95% or Australia’s coal reserves must stay in the ground if we are to pass on a healthy climate to future generations.
“In Queensland, Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman are hastily approving massive mines in the Galilee Basin to export hundreds of mega tonnes of coal, turning our Great Barrier Reef into a shipping super highway.
“We have safe, renewable alternatives that won’t cost our climate and Great Barrier Reef and yet Tony Abbott is undermining investment in renewable energy by attacking the RET.
“We need a government that will mitigate against more extreme weather events, and strengthen and diversify our economy to meet world demand for clean energy and a safe climate,” Senator Waters said.