You (The Echo), rightly so, have a dig (in Backlash) at right-wing media outlets for mindless repetition of discredited ‘talking points’, but then you run a ‘story’ (50 per cent press release direct from Justine Elliot’s office?) in which Elliot trots out that tired old disingenuous dig at the Greens for not supporting Labor’s CPRS back in 2009, ‘which then led to a decade of inaction on climate change’, she claims.
The comment was barely relevant to the story, and it’s just wrong. Why help them to keep their self-serving lies alive? To provide balance to the Labor party propaganda printed without proviso, here’s an edited version of the Greens’ account:
In 2009, the Greens voted against the CPRS because it would have locked in inaction on climate change. According to Treasury modelling, under the CPRS there would have been no reduction in emissions for 25 years! Taking us up to the mid-2030s… funny that… But the big polluters would all have got to wave faux-green happy flags in the meantime and pretend they’d done something to address the issue, and they would have made a profit from doing nothing because the CPRS gave billions in handouts to coal companies and big polluters while locking in emissions targets that actually failed the science. And they’re still failing with this ‘43 per cent reduction by 2030’ talk.
Worse still, under the 2009 CPRS, any future attempt to strengthen the scheme would have resulted in billion-dollar compensation payouts to the big polluters. Even Rudd’s own climate change advisor said it could be better to start over.
In 2010, just a few months after the Greens voted against the 2009 CPRS, they worked with the Gillard government to introduce world-leading climate legislation. The Greens-led package put a price on carbon that worked to reduce emissions, it established the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.
The carbon price was working – and it set a world-leading example since adopted in other countries – until the Abbott government told porky-pies (calling it a ‘carbon tax’), ran a massive scare campaign, and tore it down. That’s why nothing has been done. Not because of the Greens’ actions in 2009, which stopped Labor from getting away with green-washing, but because Labor and the coalition have continued to take donations from the big polluters and because they keep pretending we have decades up our sleeve to act decisively on climate change.