Fossil fuel subsidies give Australia a bad reputation
Fossil fuel subsidies give Australia a bad reputation

Fossil fuel subsidies give Australia a bad reputation

Australia has built a bad reputation as one of the world’s biggest supporters of the fossil fuel industry. This was reiterated when Australian delegates refused to sign the Paris Agreement that would phase out fossil fuel subsidies. Priorities are seriously skewed when the interests of the big polluters are put ahead of the health, climate and environment of Australia (and those of our planet).

Surely, global warming is beyond the stage where the government thinks of electricity prices in isolation; anyone even vaguely informed knows renewables, are cheaper, provide many jobs and when established, are more reliable. Australia only needs to look around the world at countries who don't have a powerful coal lobby and who operate with cheap, clean energy. The Scandinavian countries are prime examples.

The Australian government should subsidise organisations that provide public good. Examples could include medical care; clean, renewable energy; and education.


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