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Economic leadership needed to address climate change in Queensland

Media Release
Larissa Waters 25 Sep 2012

Today’s report from the Climate Commission highlights the great potential for a Queensland industry in clean energy, but predicts a range of devastating impacts on Queensland’s industries and homes if the Queensland and Australian Governments continue to fail the leadership challenge on climate change, the Australian Greens said today.

“This report spells out very clearly what will happen to Queensland if both the state and federal governments blindly forge ahead with their coal-at-all-costs plan,” Australian Greens mining spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters, said.

“Queensland’s agriculture industry is worth $14 billion. Our tourism industry, founded on our beautiful rainforests and magnificent Great Barrier Reef, is worth more than $17 billion. Both of these cornerstone industries – and all the jobs they provide – are now directly threatened by climate change and fossil fuel mining.

“Campbell Newman and the Australian Government are guilty of ignoring the climate science in their short-sighted insistence that Queensland can sustain an unprecedented boom in coal and gas exports. This is economic lunacy that could cost Queenslanders our long-term sustainable industries, our homes and our communities.

“As the sunshine state, Queensland should be leading the world in jobs-rich, clean and renewable energy technologies, and investing in a strong and diverse economy that serves the community and our natural environment.”

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