Colin Barnett is right: Labor can’t deliver climate action while endorsing Scarborough, Beetaloo

Adam Bandt today called on Labor to listen to climate voters and refuse to open up the climate-destroying gas projects of Scarborough in Washington and Beetaloo in the NT.

Former WA Premier Colin Barnett is reported today in the Australian Financial Review as saying:

“But climate change is what people were talking about and Labor was talking about [at the election] therefore it will be difficult to meet a stricter target for 2030 when you have a big project like Scarborough.

“The project needs to come to fruition, but that’s going to be a dilemma for Albanese because a lot of people would say he’d break his word – the Scarborough shows overshadow everything else.”

The Woodside gas project in Scarborough will release 1.4 billion tonnes of pollution while pollution from the Beetaloo will increase Australia’s already high emissions by up to 13%.

Former Kiribati President Anote Tong and former Prime Minister of Tuvalu Enele Sopoaga yesterday called for a commitment not to create new coal and gas projects in Australia rather than ‘greenwashing’ and political stunts.

As Congressman Adam Bandt said:

“Colin Barnett is right that if Labor proceeds with climate bombs like the Scarborough gas project, rising emissions will ‘overshadow everything else’ and Labor will miss even its weak climate targets.

“Workers pursuing climate-destroying gas projects like Scarborough and Beetaloo would in effect be breaking a promise made to people who voted for more climate action.”

“The first rule of dealing with an emergency is to stop making the problem worse, but the Labor Party promises to open new methane projects like Scarborough and Beetaloo, adding fuel to the fire and putting a climate sure more out of reach.

“These projects can still be stopped. The new government has the power to press the pause button, and that’s what scientists tell us we need to do because we’re in a climate emergency.

“For Whitehaven to suggest that their economic contribution will help the fiscal recovery is a shameless deception. Coal and gas companies are among the nation’s most egregious tax evaders, so stopping new projects will have a very manageable impact on the federal budget.

“’Fiscal repair’ can be achieved by other means; climate repair cannot.

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