Less than three weeks out from the federal election, the Clean Energy Council has published an open letter calling out federal politicians for failing to deliver long-term climate and energy policy, and calling on them to get on with the job in the next term of government – whoever the winner may be.
The letter is signed by some of Australia and the world’s leading renewable and clean tech companies, including major gen-tailer Energy Australia, US-based electric car and energy storage giant Tesla, tech engineering giant ABB, and New Zealand-based Meridian Energy.
“We need our federal government to put in place strong and enduring policy that will set a clear course for lowering our emissions in the electricity sector, so that we can continue to deliver more of what Australians want – clean and reliable electricity at affordable prices,” the letter says,
“We can’t afford to waste any more time.”
The Coalition, in particular, has come under fire from a number of directions, for its long history of avoiding climate responsibility and misleading voters on the science, and on Australia’s progress – or lack thereof – on emissions reduction.
A scathing report from the Climate Council on Tuesday said the Liberal National Party’s tenure – from prime ministers Abbott to Morrison – had been characterised by slashing funding to climate science, cutting climate programs, rejecting expert advice, making false and misleading claims, and consistently covering up poor performance.