Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Australian Labor Party Releases Energy Policy

The Australian Opposition Leader, Kim Beazley, has today released his party's energy policy, promising a reduction of 60% in grennhouse emmissions by 2050 if labor is to win the next federal election. He also said that he would ratify the Kyoto Protocol.

He firmly rejected nuclear options, pushing more for solar and wind powered technologies, but acknowledged that fossil fuels would be around for still some time.

At the policy launch, Kim Beazley had the following to say on Liberals stance on nuclear issues...

"Australia is already the world's second largest supplier of mined uranium and will soon be the biggest.

We have an obligation to get the NPT
(the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) back on track. And that's where John Howard's priorities should be, not looking at nuclear power for Australia when it's so unnecessary and uneconomic.

But you mark my words, he's looking at it. And I want to be very clear about this: if John Howard wins the next Federal Election he will bring industry to Australia."

The policy also promises solar panels on school rooves and incentives for homeowners adopting energy saving practices such as insulation and alternative energy sources.


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