Fossil fuel greenwashing: Climate Council urges Australian Parliament to crack down on ‘billion tonne elephant in the room’

12.07.23 By
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THE CLIMATE COUNCIL is calling on the Australian Parliament to crack down on the shonky climate claims made by fossil fuel giants.

In a submission to the Senate inquiry on greenwashing, released today, the Climate Council has named and shamed 10 fossil fuel corporations’ dubious climate plans. 

Climate Council Head of Advocacy Dr Jennifer Rayner said: “Let’s be real – these big polluters are gaslighting Australians. We are living through the climate crisis right now, with megafires, record floods, heatwaves and crippling droughts. The only way forward is to drastically cut emissions this decade. 

“Fossil fuel corporations who claim to be pursuing net zero targets are doing the absolute opposite: rapidly expanding new fossil fuel projects like the Scarborough, Browse and Beetaloo carbon bombs that will spew out harmful greenhouse gasses for decades to come. Simply put, it’s greenwashing.    

“When these corporations dazzle the public and politicians with buzzwords like ‘low emissions’, ‘net zero’ or ‘carbon neutral’, it’s pure bullsh*t. Well-funded marketing spin deliberately distorts the facts, prevents real climate action, and funnels precious investment into dead ends – money that should power genuine green innovations. 

“Dodgy net zero claims by fossil fuel polluters are the billion tonne elephant in the room of this inquiry. It’s time our Parliament tackles the fossil fuel industry’s sham environmental claims.

“Developing new and expanded fossil fuel projects is incompatible with a safe future. The science is clear that this has to stop to avoid escalating climate harm.” 

The Climate Council’s submission calls on the Australian Parliament to crack down on fossil fuel greenwashing as a priority, starting with the worst offenders

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