As explained by the Climate Commission, “Most of the available fossil fuels cannot be burned if we are to stabilise the climate this century.” Yet the Government intends to vastly expand fossil fuel mining and exports, make coal power plants profitable again, and drive investment in gas-fired power stations.
Emissions from the burning of fossil fuel exports are Australia’s largest contribution to climate change, dwarfing its domestic emissions. In a world where national emissions targets do not add up to a safe global target, Australia shares ethical responsibility for these exported emissions. Demand for Australia’s planned fossil fuel export growth depends on an emissions scenario leading to an unimaginable catastrophic >4°C global warming. As well as the emissions overseas from when fossil fuel exports are burned, the Green Paper shows fossil fuel export growth is also the main reason for the projected increase in Australia’s domestic emissions.