In a letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said he was calling the CSR the “environmental protections commission”.
“There is a lot of talk about the carbon emissions from mining and coal seam gas, but there is a very real problem with the CSRs carbon pollution plan and it will be very hard for the Coalition to find a path forward,” he said.
“The carbon emissions plan is a serious threat to the climate.
The carbon emissions that we see today are far worse than the CSRL carbon pollution plans and this is just the beginning of the carbon pollution coming out of CSR.”
He called on Mr Turnbull to “resign” from the CSRC in favour of a climate plan, which he said was already the “best plan that the world has ever had”.
“It is already the best climate plan that Australia has ever put forward,” Senator Ludlam wrote.
He said the CSRM should not be in charge of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) or the National Electricity Market. “
You cannot be a climate negotiator in this country if you have no climate policy.”
He said the CSRM should not be in charge of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) or the National Electricity Market.
“Instead of appointing a carbon pollution commissioner and making it up, why not appoint a carbon polluter?
That way we can have a real climate policy,” Senator Latham said.
He also called for a return of the Senate to its normal role, arguing it was in a state of chaos and that the “senators are not getting any better”.
Senator Ludham said there were a number of measures the Greens were considering to help “get our carbon pollution and carbon pollution problem under control”.
The Greens have called on the Turnbull Government to consider a carbon tax, as well as a reduction in emissions and a transition to a low-carbon economy.
Senator Ludman said that while a carbon price was possible, he was against a carbon emissions tax.
“I think it’s very important that we have a price on carbon,” he told The World Today.
“Because there’s a real danger that carbon pollution will be an even bigger problem than the coal seam and gas emissions.”
He urged Mr Turnbull not to “jump into” a carbon policy, saying it would be “not effective”.
“If you go into a carbon market it’s not going to be effective,” he added.