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Senate has Voted in the National Interest

02, December 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
SENATE HAS VOTED IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST

The Australian Environment Foundation [AEF] today applauded the senate vote against the legislation to introduce a flawed emissions trading scheme that will have no measurable benefit to the environment.

“This costly scheme is nothing more than a tax on energy that will make Australians poorer” said Alex Stuart, chairman of the AEF.

“The AEF is on the public record as opposed to this scheme from day one.  We initiated the first on-line petition to try and inform ordinary Australians that the proposed ETS would not provide real benefits to them and their families.”

A Galaxy Research poll released last week showed that 80 per cent of Australians believe they do not have enough information about the effects of the ETS legislation, whilst 54 per cent do not believe that Australia should pass legislation ahead of the Copenhagen summit.

An alternative climate policy foreshadowed by the Opposition would allow for an informed public debate on the effects of the government’s proposed scheme.

“The fact that global temperatures have been declining in spite of increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide calls into question the veracity of the science on which this legislation is based and at the very least, further examination is required.”

“This unseemly rush to pass a flawed scheme that has already been modified many times is not in the national interest.”

“Given that most Australian emissions are the result of coal fired power stations the government could foster an informed public debate on nuclear energy if it was really serious about reducing carbon dioxide emissions” concluded Mr Stuart.

 

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Listen To Us on-line petition: www.listentous.org.au 

AEF Chairman:  Alex Stuart 0448 807 178

AEF Executive Director: Max Rheese 0428 621 320

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