The Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC) joins many other Australians today in condemning the Turnbull Government’s continued attacks on renewable energy with the scrapping of the clean energy target.
In one of the sunniest places in the world with vast coastlines that provide ample opportunities for a diversity of renewable energy sources, our Federal Government has caved in to the extreme right, and its fossil fuel lobby.
“Whilst this announcement is not surprising, it is disappointing to be reminded of who is pulling the strings in the Fedreal COALition,” said Jimmy Cocking Director of the Arid Lands Environment Centre.
“The wilful negligence of this Federal Government will see it condemned by current and future generations as we globally grapple for collective action on climate change.”
“The Northern Territory Government needs to distance itself from the chaos in Canberra, and stand up to the bullying from Turnbull and his gas fracking mates.”
“Thankfully here in the Territory the government has a 50% renewable energy target by 2030 and are currently developing a Roadmap to Renewables and a much anticipated climate policy.”
“The future is in renewable energy and the world is transitioning towards it. The only thing holding Australia back is a failure of federal leadership and vested interests in the fossil fuel industry. In the absence of national leadership local, state and territory governments need to step up, just like in the United States under Trump.”
ALEC continues to advocate for 100% renewable energy by 2030 for Alice Springs, no new fossil fuel projects or infrastructure, a decarbonisation plan, and investment in climate adaptation initiatives for the NT.