The Gillard Government has announced its plans for funding the reconstruction after this month’s devastating floods. These include a flood levy on taxpayers earning more than $50,000 and cuts to various government programs, many of which are related to cutting emissions and developing renewable energy. The Solar Energy Society has estimated that $495 million will be cut from solar energy programs.
The irony here is inescapable. Ever-worsening and more frequent natural disasters are directly linked to human greenhouse gas emissions. Yet while the Federal Government continues subsidising fossil fuels – the cause of the problem – to the tune of billions of dollars per year, it cuts funding to the solutions – renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Some of that money cut from renewable energy will probably go towards rebuilding coal export infrastructure.
This is insanity. We continue to have proof that the big polluters call the shots with both major parties.
A petition has been launched calling for the fossil fuel industry to pay for the clean up rather than taxpayers and the renewable energy industry – please sign it here – http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/tax-polluters-for-climate-disasters/
Please forward it to family and friends.