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Book of the Week: Mark Butler’s ‘Climate Wars’ – Why we need climate policy reform in Australia

Mark Butler ‘makes a forceful case for using less and cleaner energy as part of global action to save the planet.’

In March 2016, SEI and Sydney Ideas had the pleasure of hosting a seminar called A Low Carbon Future: Unlocking Australia’s Renewable Energy Potential, which featured a talk from Mark Butler, Labor Member for Port Adelaide and the Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy.

At the seminar, Butler discussed the future of climate policy in Australia and where the labour party stands on the issue for Australia’s future.

“We have some of the world’s best renewable energy resources, the best scientific research and know-how, and a skilled workforce, but we need policies to capture this opportunity.” Mark Butler, MP

You can watch the video or listen to the podcast of the seminar below, or by going to SEI’s Sound Cloud or YouTube channel.

SEI PhD Graduate Lisette Collins and Mark Butler
SEI PhD Graduate Lisette Collins and Mark Butler

Mark Butler has recently released his book Climate Wars, which examines the history of Australian political debates on climate change. Climate Wars highlights some of the points made by Butler at the seminar, in that it argues for climate policy reform and the need to tap into, and develop further, renewable energy sources in Australia.

 

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Abstract: 

As the consequences of climate change become perilously close to the point of no-return, time-wasting wars over what to do distract us from taking real action.

Mark Butler, the opposition minister for climate change and energy, makes a forceful case for using less and cleaner energy as part of global action to save the planet. Doing so will also make Australia attractive for the massive global market of investors and create new jobs in clean energy.

Climate Wars argues that only Labor, the party with a proven track record for national reform, has the plan and the will to ensure bold action before it is too late.


For more details on Mark Butler’s book Climate Wars, click here.