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