The Socialist Alliance National Executive has not produced a draft energy policy for the 2008 National Conference, pending the imminent release of the Rudd Government White Paper and the current UN climate change negotiations.
It proposes that Conference adopt the following energy policy guidelines.
Core issues for energy policy
The Socialist Alliance’s energy policy builds on the ten point Climate Action Plan contained in our Climate Change Charter.
Given the urgency of the climate crisis, Alliance energy policy must recognise and incorporate the objectives of alternative energy policies and plans such as the “Clean Energy Future” work of Dr Mark Diesendorf and others and “Coal Switch: Halving Victoria’s greenhouse emissions” by the Greenleap Strategic Institute and Beyond Zero Emissions.
The three principal yardsticks that the Socialist Alliance includes in an acceptable alternative energy proposal are:
- Do the measures it proposes recognise the urgency of the climate crisis, and the need to reduce atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide to 300-325 parts per million as quickly as possible?
- Does it guarantee and maintain employment, living standards and retraining for affected workers and communities?
- Is the economic burden of developing national sustainable energy infrastructure shared equitably?
- The Socialist Alliance proposes that its energy policy form part of the campaign by climate change scientists, local climate change groups, climate campaign organisations, environmental organisations, trade unions, local councils and community groups to develop an energy policy adequate to the challenge of global warming.
The key goal is to develop an integrated alternative energy policy that is broadly understood and supported by working people and the wider community.