February 1, 2011
The Federal Government is being short-sighted in its axing of $1.7 billion worth of climate change programs, says the Alternative Technology Association.
Damien Moyse, the ATA’s Energy Projects and Policy Manager, said it made no sense to cut climate change funding as a response to the devastating floods in Queensland and Victoria.
Programs to be cut or deferred include the Solar Flagships Program and the Green Car Innovation Fund. Money for remaining solar PV rebates under the Solar Homes and Communities Plan will be limited, while funding for solar hot water and heat pump rebates will be capped.
Mr Moyse said the government had taken a big step backwards on its commitment to tackling climate change. In December last year it announced it was scrapping the Green Start energy efficiency project.
“Unfortunately, the Gillard Government is increasingly making a name for rolling back and retreating from environmental reform,” Mr Moyse said.
“Extreme weather events like the floods in Queensland and Victoria, as well as the severe ongoing drought in southern WA, are consistent with climate change predictions by scientists. Yet the government is cutting the very programs meant to address climate change.
“When hard decisions need to be made, it’s often the environment that loses out.”
For comment: ATA Energy Projects and Policy Manager Damien Moyse on 0439 900 692