The second major pillar of the Government's 'Clean Energy Future' plan is the use of renewable energy. The Government plans to invest over $13 billion in clean energy projects and has created two new government bodies to oversee this investment.
The Garnaut Climate Change Review was commissioned in April 2007 by the then Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd. The aim of the review was to analyse how global warming would affect Australia’s economy and recommend policies to “improve the prospects of sustainable prosperity.”
The sheer volume of overwhelming evidence pointing to its existence has catapulted global warming and the associated climate change to a position as the defining political challenge of the 21st century. Its cause stems from the rapid pace of development that has followed the industrial revolution, as our machines and our factories pump ton upon ton of carbon into the atmosphere, heating the world at an ever-increasing pace. We stand at the tipping point now as countries race to implement mechanisms that will curb this behaviour and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to sustainable levels.