Scientists slap down Australia government over fake climate claims

A group of leading Australian climate scientists, academics and former heads of energy companies have slapped down the federal government for its continued claims that Australia is pulling its weight on climate action, and on track to meet its international obligations.
The group of 28 released a joint statement on Monday reminding those who need it that Australia is not on track to meet its 2030 emissions reduction target, and that said target is woefully inadequate for what science says must be done to avert dangerous global warming.
It also notes that, contrary to the repeated claims of Australia’s energy minister, Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions are not going down, but rather have been rising for four years in a row, ever since the scrapping of the carbon price.

“It is unbelievably misleading,” said signatory and Climate Councillor Greg Bourne on ABC Radio on Monday morning. “Anyone who goes into the data sets, and they’re really quite easy to look at, with some very nice graphs, show emissions rising ever since, basically, the Abbott government came in.”

The joint statement also notes that Australia’s 2030 target is economy wide, meaning that total greenhouse gas pollution must be reduced across all sectors: electricity, stationary energy, transport, fugitive emissions, industry, agriculture, waste and land use.

Instead, data shows that direct combustion, transport and fugitives have all increased greenhouse gas pollution levels since 2005 and are projected to continue increasing out to 2030.

“The electricity sector has been going down… but the overall energy sector, if you take energy as a package, energy emissions for Australia have been going up continuously,” said Bourne, who is also the former CEO of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

“Transport emissions have been going up continuously, and continue, just continue to go up. …Stationary energy and industrial processes – still going up; fugitive emissions – still going up.”

“It’s almost as if, if the politicians can get us to concentrate on the electricity sector, which has shown some downward slope, then we’ll forget all about the rest.”