The federal coalition is spending big to retain native vegetation – while the NSW coalition is reversing protection of native vegetation.
The coalition Direct Action policy has committed $673 million dollars (55 per cent of the total bucket) on projects avoiding emissions via retaining native vegetation: the cornerstone of federal efforts to reduce emissions. One hundred and twenty eight of the 236 contracts awarded are in NSW. And what is NSW doing? Putting in place legislation that will almost certainly result in an increase in land clearing. Or, to put it another way, undo the emissions reductions achieved via the federal Direct Action policy.
Besides the chronic waste of valuable tax dollars – in an era where cuts to everything and anything are on the table – this is incredibly hypocritical on the part of Australia. Malcolm Turnbull’s signature on the Paris Agreement is barely dry and Australia now has an obligation to do all it can to keep the global temperature increase below 1.5oC.
Independent Australian: Dr Oisin Sweeney: 21 Jan 2016
Key Words: Climate Change, OzPolitics
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