Former US presidential candidate turned activist Al Gore has weighed in on Australia’s federal election campaign, saying the Coalition would take the country “in the wrong direction” on climate change.
Speaking to ABC radio this morning after approaching the national broadcaster, the 71-year-old said Australia had a chance to boost hope about the political will to tackle climate change before the world gathers to review the Paris Agreement on climate action.
The Australian election “is an opportunity for Australians to play an incredibly important role in saying to the entire world: we can solve this,” he said.
“What you do in Australia this Saturday has incredibly important global implications.”
Climate change has become a top issue this election campaign. Across all political parties more than 80 per cent of Australians want the Government to take more action on climate change, according to the ABC’s Vote Compass. That’s up 20 percentage points from 2013.
[ Ahhh…No Al , it was the Economy, and Climate Change was number 4]
The Coalition is proposing to keep our current emission reduction target of 26 per cent by 2030, while Labor is proposing a much more ambitious target of 45 per cent and to ensure half of Australia’s energy comes from renewable sources. It also wants to reduce net emissions to zero by 2050.
Mr Gore labelled the Coalition’s plan “not credible” but said Labor’s plan, if enacted, “would be seen as an extremely significant act of leadership on the part of Australia.”
[ Al, You might call it leadership, but clearly the Australian public thought differently and saw through the sham, and called it lunacy]
“This election is about two clear paths on the climate crisis — one is about setting ambitious achievable targets, and another is about taking Australia in the wrong direction, and I trust that Australian voters will choose the right path,” he said.
[ No..Al, your buddy Bill was creating crazy impossible targets, and the other is the Coalition who is working to achieve realistic targets]
Despite Australia being responsible for about 1.3 per cent of global emissions, Mr Gore believes the nation “punches above its weight” on political leadership.
The UK, led by a conservative government, declared a climate emergency earlier this month, while New Zealand last week introduced a long-awaited bill to take a net zero carbon approach.
[Good Luck New Zealand …Now what are you going to do with all your 70 Million Cows, Jacinda?]
But the Coalition has torn itself apart on the issue, dumping former leader Malcolm Turnbull over its unwillingness to reduce emissions in a meaningful way.
This morning a group of more than 60 Australian scientists, including Nobel prize winners and former Australians of the year, called on the Government to prioritise action on climate change.
“The consequences of climate change are already upon us — including harsher and more frequent extreme weather, destruction of natural ecosystems, severe property damage and a worldwide threat to human health,” they wrote.
“The solutions are all available to address climate change, all that is missing is the political will.”
The leaders are due to give their final speech ahead of the election this weekend. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is expected to highlight climate change in his speech and accuse members of the Government of not believing in climate science.
Al….sorry it’s a Coal-ition victory, so all the rhetoric and hot air has been for nothing.