8 Jan 2021 Climate Change, Media Releases

Today’s release of the BOM annual climate statement amid emergency-level bushfires and fears of yet another catastrophic fires season reinforced the dire need for a comprehensive state-based climate policy, says The Greens (WA) spokesperson for climate change Tim Clifford.

“Unprecedented weather and climate records are rapidly becoming the norm yet WA is still without a plan to reduce its rapidly increasing carbon emissions,” Mr Clifford said. 

“The WA Labor Government claims to recognises the catastrophic threat that faces all Western Australians in this climate crisis, but then it opens the state up to fracking, approves for emission-intensive gas projects, heavily subsidised gas and coal power plants and infrastructure, refuses to set renewable energy targets or outline a plan to reach its own net-zero aspirations, and accepts millions of dollars of donations from fossil fuel companies and vested interests. 

“Unlike WA Labor, The Greens have a plan to reduce WA’s emissions while repowering the state with renewable energy, taking advantage of the opportunities in the zero-carbon transition, regenerating the state’s diverse natural environment, phasing-out fossil fuels, and transforming Western Australia into the renewable energy powerhouse it can be. 

“The Greens (WA) are committed to legislating targets of 100% renewable energy by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2035, while supporting our renewable energy future with a $500 million investment in a State Renewables Investment Fund. 

“The past two years have been the hottest on record in WA; and the residents of Gingin, Dandaragan, Ravensthorpe, Kwinana, Rockingham, Mundaring and Beverley have experienced the consequences of that far too closely this week. 

“Emergency level bushfires have ravaged our state, exhausted our emergency response teams and threatened the lives and homes of Western Australians — a direct result of a changing climate that increases the likelihood of severe bushfire conditions. 

“This is the critical decade. If emissions are not rapidly reduced we risk irreversible changes that will significantly outweigh the costs of taking immediate action.”

Annual climate statement: http://media.bom.gov.au/releases/807/2020-annual-climate-statement/