Renewable Energy Party
Our party is a community based organisation. We have no links to industry and we do not represent any particular political ideology. Our primary concern is that the major parties in Australia have made a complete mess of climate change policy. As a group of concerned citizens and voters, we are no longer willing to sit back and watch the major parties take us down the road to climate change perdition. We want our descendants to inherit a healthy planet.
We agree with the 97 per cent of climate scientists who say man-made climate change is real and we need to do something serious about the global temperature rise predicted for the end of the century. Just 85 years from now, if the present global warming trend continues, the planet will be 4 to 6 degrees warmer (‘Too Late for Two Degrees,’ Low Carbon Economy Index, Price Waterhouse Coopers, 2012).
Action on climate change is our best hope for a better present and a more promising future. Renewable energy creates more jobs per unit of energy delivered than fossil or nuclear fuels. Our aim is to put pressure on the major political parties to redirect to renewable energy enterprises some of the $23 billion in taxpayer funded subsidies paid annually to oil, gas and coal companies.
You are invited to join the party and be part of the renewable energy revolution.
Facts & Stats
- We can build an environmentally friendly and non-polluting energy future right now. The technology exists and the need for change is urgent and self-evident.
- Help us to assert our right and the right of our descendants to live in a clean and healthy environment.
- The good news is that we reached a consensus at the Paris climate talks that global warming must be contained well below 2C degrees above pre-industrial levels. The bad news is we have no Great Barrier Reef and no Kakadu wetlands at 1.5 degrees. (Prof Tim Flannery, Climate Council, March 2015).
- The precautionary principle holds that when human health and the environment are significantly at risk, perfect scientific certainty is not required before taking action. Moreover, the burden of proving that a practice is safe should not be placed on the public that could be harmed. ('This Changes Everything', Naomi Klein 2014).
- 97 per cent of climate scientists say man-made climate change is real and we need to do something serious about the global temperature rise predicted for the end of the century - just 85 years from now.
- Just 85 years from now, if the present global warming trend continues, the planet will be 4 to 6 degrees warmer. ('Too late for two degrees? Low Carbon Tax Index', Pricewaterhouse Coopers, London, UK, 2012).
- Action on climate change is our best hope for a better present and a more promising future.
- Renewable energy creates more jobs per unit of energy delivered than fossil or nuclear fuels.
- Australia could be a world leader in renewable energy but for the uncertainty created by successive Australian governments.
- In 2013, the IMF attempted to quantify the implicit subsidies created by not pricing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Its analysis found that Australia's implicit subsidies to oil, coal and gas to be worth 1.8 per cent of GDP, or about $23 billion annually. ('Counting all the Costs: Recognising the Carbon Subsidy to Polluting Energy', Climate Institute Policy Brief, September 2014).
- Regeneration and renewal breathe new life into the world while domination and depletion are harbingers of death.
- We are not in charge but part of a vast living ecosystem on which we depend for our existence.
- Modern industrial activity has raised atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and methane to higher levels than at any time in the past 650,000 years.
- Sandra Steingraber of New Yorkers Against Fracking says, "We are standing at an energy crossroads. One signpost points to a future powered by digging fossils from the ground and lighting them on fire. The other points to renewable energy. You cannot go in both directions at once. Subsidising the infrastructure for one creates disincentives for the other".
- We can live without oil, coal and gas, but we can’t live without water.
- There is no peer reviewed study anywhere in the world of the effects of coal seam gas mining on groundwater aquifers.