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State binge puts doubt on ALP climate policies
FEDERAL Labor's climate change credentials have come under attack in the
light of its failure to rein in a greenhouse gas binge by Labor state
Environment groups said the Opposition Leader, Kevin Rudd, needed to explain how
he would curb rising greenhouse gas emissions at a time when Queensland and NSW
were dramatically boosting coal exports and several states were approving big
road and power projects that would increase climate change pollution.
Mr Rudd's silence on the NSW Treasurer Michael Costa's climate change denial was
also questioned. Mr Costa, who controls the purse strings of the most populous
state, last month said supporters of climate change science created division and
panic for political purposes.
The NSW Treasurer favours building a new coal-fired power plant to meet the
state's energy needs, in contrast to other proposals for more gas-fired
generation or energy efficiency and demand ...
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