Climate impacts are already dangerous. We need to rapidly transition to a zero carbon economy, and draw down billions of tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere in order to restore a climate that is safe for all people, species, and ecosystems.
2017 New England by-election candidate survey responses
The survey asks election candidates to indicate agreement or otherwise with each of the following statements:
1. We are in a climate emergency, with climate impacts already causing heat stroke, starvation, loss of life, and massive ecosystem destruction.
2. The Australian government has a duty of care to make every effort to protect us all from dangerous climate impacts.
3. I support a ban on new fossil fuel projects and a well-planned but rapid transition to a 100% renewable energy, with just transition measures for affected communities.
4. I support protection of natural carbon sinks and a legislative ban on logging in native forests.
5. I support expansion of measures to draw down excess atmospheric carbon.
Finally it asks which climate-related issue, if any, they will publicly support in their election platform.
Survey responses from candidates in the 2017 New England by-election will be posted here as they come in.
*1 Andrew Potts (Affordable Housing Party) platform includes: Climate change and environmental degradation are symptoms of overpopulation and we want to correct Australia’s rapid population growth which is also one of a number of factors contributing to housing unaffordability in Australia
*2 Peter Wills (Greens) platform includes: CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY The climate challenge is also an opportunity to transform Australia into a carbon-neutral powerhouse that creates new jobs and a cleaner planet.
*3 Pete Mailler (Country Minded) platform includes: Establishing a renewables hub in New England. Also stated policy on energy and climate at http://www.countryminded.org.au/policy. I have left two statements blank above because while they are admirable aspirations the literal nature is difficult for me to support because the transport and agriculture sector can’t transition to complete renewables as fast as static power industry and so a ban on new fossil fuel projects may preclude novel ways to mitigate gross levels of emmissions in some instances. Further, the carbon sink statement bans logging of native forests and while I understand what the statement is driving at, there is a strong argument for selective logging and there are better options to establish and preserve carbon sinks than simply banning logging. Thank you for the opportunity to participate. Sincerely Pete Mailler
*1 Skyla Wagstaff (Animal Justice Party) platform includes: AJP has clear Key Objectives surrounding renewable energy including to rapidly transform to a carbon free energy infrastructure, prohibiting any fossil fuel expansion, and a carbon tax on both coal and animal agriculture industries to pay for clean energy solutions, sustainable plant-based food agricultural systems, education and the protection of existing forests and marine habitats.