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Divisions in Labor Party over climate change policy

Labor divided on climate policy after ‘absolute carnage’ at the election, Brisbane Times , By Nicole HashamEryk Bagshaw and Dana McCauley, May 25, 2019

Shadow climate change minister Mark Butler says Labor’s calamitous election loss is no reason to walk away from tough emissions cuts, as a senior party figure described the result of its climate strategy in Queensland as “absolute carnage”.

Labor failed to win office in what was billed as the climate change election, despite having a much bolder policy than the Coalition on cutting greenhouse gas pollution.

The Labor Party’s policy for strong emissions cuts led to “absolute carnage” at the polls in Queensland.CREDIT:AAP

Labor had pledged to cut national emissions by 45 per cent between 2005 and 2030 – far greater than the Coalition’s proposed 26 per cent cut. It wanted renewable energy to form half the electricity mix by 2030 and would have capped pollution from heavy industry through an emissions trading-type scheme.

In his first comments since Labor’s defeat Mr Butler, a key architect of the party’s climate position, said all policies would be reviewed however Labor should not abandon strong emissions cuts.

Labor had pledged to cut national emissions by 45 per cent between 2005 and 2030 – far greater than the Coalition’s proposed 26 per cent cut. It wanted renewable energy to form half the electricity mix by 2030 and would have capped pollution from heavy industry through an emissions trading-type scheme.

In his first comments since Labor’s defeat Mr Butler, a key architect of the party’s climate position, said all policies would be reviewed however Labor should not abandon strong emissions cuts.

The challenge of tackling climate change is just as important this week as it was last week,” he said.

“And Australia remains in the middle of an energy crisis that is still seeing energy prices continue to rise under this government.”  Mr Butler said Labor “remains committed to our obligation to future generations of Australians to take serious action on climate change”.

The election loss has triggered heated internal debate on Labor’s election strategy on climate and energy…….. https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/federal-election-2019/labor-divided-on-climate-policy-after-absolute-carnage-at-the-election-20190524-p51qxi.html

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May 25, 2019 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, politics

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