Jacqui Lambie Network Climate Policy Credibility Assessment | Election 2016

Jacqui Lambie Network


Recent actions undertaken by Jacqui Lambie in Parliament
Senator Lambie supported repeal of the carbon pricing mechanism and opposed a carbon tax or emissions trading scheme in the absence of a “binding world agreement on these taxes.” Senator Lambie was mostly critical of renewable energy laws and policy that encourages investment. The Tasmanian Senator developed a position supporting large hydro power and investigating nuclear power as low carbon energy alternatives. Regarding adaptation, in an MPI debate earlier this year Senator Lambie said: “Australia must prepare for world climate change by boosting the numbers and resources available to our emergency services, our military, our medical professionals and our farmers”.11 Senator Lambie supported the Senate Inquiry into Carbon Risk disclosure. 


Global warming implied by the JLN's target
JLN has no formal position on emission reduction targets.


Per person emissions implied by the JLN position:?
The absence of a formal 2030 target means a 2030 G20 ranking cannot be calculated.


Key features of the JLN’s policy and relevant commitments include (TCI analysis in italics):


  1. JLN believes in climate change and the need to decarbonise the baseload energy production of all the world’s nations. This does not seem to be borne out by JLN’s other statements and policy positions.

  2. Opposes a carbon tax or ETS – until a binding world agreement on these taxes is reached by our major trading partners. This is an impossible prerequisite for carbon pricing, and ignores the fact that Australia’s trading partners and many other countries are already reducing emissions via carbon pricing or other policy mechanisms. 

  3. Doubling of baseload renewable energy by increasing hydro electricity, and a community debate, followed by a national referendum on the introduction of nuclear power generation. These positions ignore Australia’s natural advantages in a range of other clean energy sources.

Policy positives

  • Acceptance of the need to decarbonise global energy.

Policy weaknesses

  • No emission reduction targets.

  • No plan for a modern zero emissions economy and no framework for decarbonising energy, and an extremely narrow focus on specific energy technologies.

  • No policies on building greater resilience or integrating climate risk assessment.

Summary of JLN's climate policy position 

The only identifiable relevant JLN policy is a vaguely defined target of doubling baseload renewable energy through large scale hydro power and an inquiry into the feasibility of nuclear power. Carbon pricing is made dependent on an infeasible or long distant global binding agreement on carbon pricing. Despite commenting on need to prepare for climate change in last parliament there are no policies for increased climate risk management. JLN policies are assessed as inadequate and high risk.

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