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[Clive Palmer & Al Gore Press Carbon Tax Emissions Trading Conference]
Clive Palmer is joined by former US Vice-President Al Gore to speak his party’s carbon tax position.
[Clive Frederick Palmer (born 26 March 1954):] Source: LYBIO.net
Vice President Al Gore, members of Parliament, senators and friends, I’d like to welcome Vice President Al Gore, to Canberra and thank him for the productive discussions we’ve held today.
My discussions have enabled me to reconsider important issues facing all Australians and the rest of the world. Many would say that the United States of America was the looser, why Vice President Al Gore not servicing as President of the Great Republic. The world was the beneficiary of the courage and the leadership that he has shown. History tells us, it’s not the position that makes the leader, it’s his actions, his examples which others can follow, others that they might be less capable like me, who couldn’t see the light shining out of the darkness.
Vice President, Al Gore is a great leader and we’re fortunate to have him here today. The world is constantly changing and our ability to adapt to change to keep an open mind on issues which affect all of us, it’s what really matters. It’s not the Labor way or the Liberal way, it’s the right way that’s important for Australia and important for the world.
True to our promises to the Australian people at the last election, Palmer United senators will vote in the Senate to abolish the carbon tax. In doing so, Palmer United senators will move an amendment and that amendment will ensure that the removal of the carbon tax requires that all producers of energy in this country are required by law, not by choice, to pass on to all consumers of energy the savings from the repeal of the carbon tax.
I expect that all senators from all parties will support this amendment. Action by our senators will make Australian industries more competitive internationally and the lives of our people more manageable. The carbon tax is an arbitrary tax and it sets a price on carbon at a level far above the international price for carbon. In so doing it, disadvantages Australians and that’s why it should be repealed.
[Clive Palmer:] Source: LYBIO.net
The government response to climate change as the Prime Minister as outlined is to tackle the problem which he has acknowledged by direct actions. Direct action is a waste of money, at a time when families, pensioners, young Australians, stay at home mums and single parents, our indigenous communities are facing unfair measures in the budget. To increase in excise and indexation is not the answer.
If New Zealand could join the international community, why can’t Australia. Australia acting alone cannot change the world and change the world we must not just for ourselves but for our children, not just for them, but for all the children of the world, not just for our times but for all times. For time waits for no man and the challenges we face they are not easy, but face them we must and face them we can together.
Climate change is a global problem and it must have a global solution. Air moves around the world. Many countries fail to act because they’re unsure how the issue will be dealt with by other nations. Australia has got an opportunity to set a standard which can act as a catalyst for the whole world, to set a fair framework which the world can follow.
In understanding climate change we must remain ever vigilant and be aware of how Australia as part of the international community is doing and more importantly what the global community could do together to make the lives of all those inhabit this planet more secure.
Together we could achieve the extraordinary. As President Obama of the United States has shown, great leadership and encouraging all countries to act, Australia needs to do its fair share.
In voting against the abolition of the Climate Change Authority, Palmer United senators will move an amendment to establish an emissions trading scheme. This scheme would only become effective once Australia’s main trading partners also take action to establish such a scheme.
This measure cannot be defined as a financial measure, we will have a carbon price zero rated, in a future time the government or parliament will have the ability to set the financial parameters of this scheme. These should be set based upon the actions of our leading trading partners China, the United States of America, the European Union, Japan and Korea.
We need to ensure that the jobs and enterprises are all Australians can remain competitive. If this amendment is supported and passed by the government, the world will know that once they act, they can be sure that Australia will respond in like terms.
As John F. Kennedy said many years ago, for in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this one small planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children’s values – futures, and we all are mortal.
When truth triumphs over injustice, everyone is the winner and the inconvenient truth is the truth that we must face together. There can be no justification at anytime for closing an enterprise when it is profitable and providing income and jobs for Australians. This is more so when that enterprise is by its very efforts providing a better solution for the environment.
Palmer United senators will vote against the abolition of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. The Prime Minister promised the Australian people prior to the last election that Australia would retain its renewable energy targets. Now, like many other promises he seeks to break this one. The Renewable Energy Target in 2020, too many politicians make promises before elections only to break them after elections. Public service should be the highest scoring. We have to hold our politicians to their word, where our system of democracy, and all that it stands for will break down.
[Clive Palmer:] Source: LYBIO.net
The Palmer United party’s role in the senate is to keep fight with the Australian people. We will therefore not support any change to the renewable energy targets before the 2016 after the next election.
Listening is one of the most important things we can do, by listening we can learn from others, we can make changes before the changes change us.
I want to thank the Vice President for coming to Canberra today, I want to thank him for his discussions or as Australians we must put the interest of our people before our own individual interest and the interest of all people of the world ahead of all else.
As is being said, we all need to have an open mind. This is a call for by the needs of better mutual understanding and better mutual respect. An open mind will enable us to have an objective and realistic understanding of each other. We cannot have a common – we can only discover what divides us, but what we have in common and what we can agree on. We have more in common in the common future that we all share on this planet than anything else. At least we can see to what that our differences will not result in clashes or confrontation.
An open mind will also enable us to be more appreciative and accommodative, and supportive of each other, their concerns and our priorities.
Despite all the talk about climate change in the world, we are still in a developing world with such huge populations and still face very serious problems with an unbalanced development, poverty, and environmental degradation. We seek a better world for Australia, for all its citizens of the world, so that one day man can be what he was meant to be free and independent.
I would like to now introduce Vice President Al Gore to make a few comments. Thanks.
[Albert Arnold “Al” Gore, Jr. (born March 31, 1948):]
Thank you very much Clive. I want to thank Clive Palmer for the statements he has just made for his kind words personally. I want to acknowledge Senator-elect Glenn Lazarus. And I’d like to make just a few comments about what you’ve just heard and about this extraordinary moment in which Australia, the United States, and the rest of the world is finally beginning to confront the climate crisis in a meaningful way.
The United States earlier this month saw a dramatic move by President Obama to require a 30% reduction in carbon emissions, reductions that will, for the most part, be accomplished by individual states and regions in my country through an emissions trading system.
We have also seen the nation of China implement a cap-and-trade system in two provinces and five cities, and we heard an announcement last week by a high official that these pilots will serve as the basis for a nationwide cap-and-trade system in China within the next few years.
We have also seen just within the last month the election of a new Prime Minister in India, with Prime Minister Modi announcing on his first day in office a stunning initiative to provide electricity to the 400 million Indians who do not now have it by principally relying on photo-voltaic energy.
[Al Gore:] Source: LYBIO.net
All of these developments add up to the world moving to saw off the climate crisis, and that is why it is so significant that Clive Palmer has announced that his party will support the continuation of the Renewable Energy Target and the continuation of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the continuation of the Climate Change Authority and that he has announced as well that he and his party will fight to re-implement an ETS under the conditions that he has described to you.
While I will be disappointed if the immediate price on carbon is removed, because it is a policy which I believe to be ultimately critical to solving the climate crisis, I am extremely hopeful that Australia will continue to play a global leadership role on this most pressing issue. An Emissions Trading Scheme, a strong Renewable Energy Target, and sound guidance from the Climate Change Authority, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation are all highly effective in reducing carbon emissions.
[Al Gore:] Source: LYBIO.net
I have appreciated the opportunity I have had to meet with Clive Palmer and the discussions that I’ve had with him, and I congratulate him and his party on this outstanding statement that you’ve just heard. Thank you all very much.
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