Socialist climate policy rated best

July 31, 2010

The “world’s first dedicated climate election website” Vote Climate, which rates political parties climate change policies, has recommended a vote for the Socialist Alliance in the upcoming August 21 federal elections.

Vote Climate provides detailed policy analysis based on available policy as the primary source, and public documents and public statements as a secondary source.

SA is ranked first as the only party that has “policies that might stop runaway climate change” and “adopt a climate emergency response”.

The Greens are ranked second followed by the Democrats, as parties with “policies that won’t stop runaway climate change, but have numerous positive elements that will help the adoption of stronger response down the track”.

Labor and Liberal are also ranked as parties with “policies that won’t stop runaway climate change” and “take only limited action which will not stop global warming reaching dangerous levels quickly.”

Vote Climate recommends listing both Labor and Liberal near the bottom of your ballot paper.

The site said SA is: “Consistently one of the best performers on climate change since Vote Climate looked at its first election in 2006.”

In the 2007 poll, Socialist Alliance was listed as having the second best climate change policy, being the What Women Want party. The site said: “This time the Socialist Alliance take the number one position.”

Vote Climate describes SA’s policy as “driven by care for people, and they understand the direct connection between the environment, the services it provides and human well-being.

“They have reviewed climate science and impacts and concluded the mainstream response to climate change is nowhere near enough. The Socialist Alliance policy is ... offers the best hope for the future.”

[Click here for more information about the Socialist Alliance's climate change policy.]

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