15. It’s designed by polluting industries

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The Green Paper is filled with references to consultation with polluting industries who will benefit from the Fund (apparently including 200 meetings and roundtables before the election), and very little evidence of consultation with anyone else or any attention being paid to the various independent analyses showing the Direct Action Plan won’t work. Almost all members of the recently announced Expert Reference Group are corporate executives or lobbyists. And government members have made repeated statements indicating denial of climate science.

Because of the need for their product to be urgently phased out, fossil fuel industries cannot be trusted to participate in the design of climate policies. There is a treaty banning the tobacco industry from influencing health policies. Given that the impacts of the fossil fuel industry are far more devastating, they should be subject to a similar ban on political influence.

Next: 16. It locks in fossil fuel industry growth

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