Sep 4, 2006

Climate change – An inconvenient truth for John Howard

Climate change – An inconvenient truth for John Howard

MEDIA RELEASE – ANTHONY ALBANESE MP

4 September 2006

Tonight, John Howard’s Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment is hosting a screening of “An Inconvenient Truth”, the movie about climate change narrated by Al Gore.

Unfortunately for John Howard, at a key point in the movie, Al Gore states:

[Is America] going to be left behind as the rest of the world moves forward? There are only two advanced nations in the world that have not ratified Kyoto and we are one of them. The other is Australia.

The inconvenient truth for John Howard is that he has isolated Australia from global action on climate change, increasing the risk of environmental and economic damage to Australia.

John Howard has independent reports and expert advice from the CSIRO stating that, if strong action is not taken, temperatures and sea levels will rise to dangerous levels.

John Howard knows climate change is a serious threat to Australia’s economy and environment, but he is ignoring the truth.

Real leaders take real action to avoid risks to their country.

John Howard’s wait and see approach to climate change is unforgivable.

Howard Government complacency means Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions rose a disastrous 25.1% between 1990 and 2004 when land use changes are excluded.

Climate change is cutting water supplies to our cities and agriculture, and Australia’s leading businesses are saying “climate change is a major business risk and we need to act now”.

Younger generations will record those climate sceptics who deny human contribution to climate change as being, at best, misguided.

Those who acknowledge the problem of climate change but fail to take serious action will be judged far more severely.