Ways to cut greenhouse
The Greens have set out policies to begin cutting Australia's greenhouse gas emissions, at the same time criticising the Labor Party's inaction. Greens Senator Bob Brown said recent figures showing there has been a big increase in Australia's greenhouse gas emissions are as much an indictment of the Labor Party as the Government. "The Labor Party's criticism of the Howard Government's failures will remain toothless until it adopts clear hard-hitting policies of its own", said Senator Brown. The Greens' proposals include: * a carbon tax of $25 per tonne of CO2, as recommended by the OECD. This would raise $6.8 billion per year to reduce pollution and create jobs, including cuts to payroll taxes, making public transport GST-free and reinstating the Energy, Research and Development Corporation which was abolished by the Howard Government when it came to office in 1996. * Tasmania's Labor Government to stop destroying the largest carbon banks in the southern hemisphere in old growth forests like the Styx Valley and the Tarkine. It should abandon the Basslink electricity project which will lead to over a million tonnes of greenhouse gases being emitted and implement energy conservation initiatives such as home insulation and solar hot water and an industrial energy efficiency program. * Victoria's Labor Government should abandon the current sell-off of the massive brown coal reserves in the La Trobe Valley and divert money from planned freeways to public transport, and also pursue an industrial energy efficiency program. * The NSW Government should cancel the Mogo charcoal plant which will burn 200,000 tonnes of native forest each year, and stop clearing 60,000 hectares of native vegetation each year. * Queensland's Labor Government should end its practice of clearing 588,000 hectares per annum of native vegetation, one of the world's worst clearing rates.