Originally published in The Guardian on April 21, 2022

In the week before the election campaign began the IPCC released its latest report that contained warnings that deep, rapid and sustained emissions reductions are needed to prevent temperatures from rising 1.5C or 2C above pre-industrial levels.

And yet, as policy director Greg Jericho notes in his column in Guardian Australia, the issue has been virtually ignored in the election campaign thus far – with most focus being on the “costs” of reducing emissions rather than a focus on the need to do so, or that the cost of renewable energy has fallen so far that “maintaining emission-intensive systems may, in some regions and sectors, be more expensive than transitioning to low emission systems”.

There need to be a focus on the jobs in a low-emissions economy rather than a belief that Australia can keep avoiding the reality of climate change.

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