Graphs of the Day: How the NGOs rate climate policy

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Environmental and clean energy NGOs and think tanks have produced score-cards on the climate and clean energy policies of the parties, and other key candidates.

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Over the past few days we have been inundated with pretty graph sent through from environmental NGOs and think tanks on how they rate the climate and clean energy policies of the parties, and other key candidates. So we thought we would publish them here, and you can make of them what you will. Warning: There are no surprises!

The Climate Institute has a complex assessment in its Pollute-o-meter scorecard, which can be found in detail here.  Its final overall ratings had the the ALP on 2.5 out of 5 stars, the Coalition on 1.5 stars and the Greens on 5 stars. The Australian Katter Party (KAP) and Democratic Labor Party (DLP) both got zero starts, even though KAP supported expanding the RET. Andrew Wilkie got 3.5/5 stars, and Senator Nick Xenophon got 0.5 stars.

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The ACF released its Senate scorecard (see below and online here) said the Greens lead the way on all these environmental issues, followed by Labor, then by Bob Katter’s party, which has positive positions on renewables and environment laws. ”The Coalition scored poorly across all areas, apart from ocean protection, where its position is not clear. Nick Xenophon and Clive Palmer declined to respond,” CEO Don Henry said.


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The WWF said it was encouraging to see some new initiatives such as a boost for Reef Rescue from the Labor Party, Reef2050 from the Liberal National Coalition and a positive plan from the Greens. However it was disappointed that neither the Labor Party or the Liberal National Coalition pledged to ban the dumping of dredge spoil in Reef waters.

“We’re pleased that the commitment for a potential cut of 25% of carbon pollution by 2020 is still on the table for the major parties.” it said. “The next Australian Government must strengthen our targets in line with public and international expectations and keep the basics of emissions trading which is already working for our environment and our economy.”

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The Sustainable Energy Association also released a series of tables looking at individual policies. They can be viewed here. 

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1 Comment
  1. David Spratt 7 years ago

    Scandalous that ACF managed to construct questions in such a way that Labor rated 4/5 to Greens 5/5, when Labor’s 2020 emissions reduction target is only 5% which is consistent with a 4 degrees of warming emissions pathway. Compare that to the Greens renewable energy target of 90% by 2030! One of the scandals of the last period is how far the NGOs have lagged behind the Greens on climate. It’s time for some of the Labor-friendly hacks like the ACF’s Don Henry to step down and at least given the organisation a chance to avoid irrelevancy on climate. No wonder Noami Klein in a new essay has called the big green groups a “whole model is crisis”:

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