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PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Speech Al Gore’s Speech Thank you very much Clive. I want to thank Clive Palmer for the statement he’s just made, for his kind words. Personally, I want to acknowledge Senator-elect Glenn Lazarus and I’d like to make just a few comments about what you've just heard and about this extraordinary moment in which Australia, the United States, and the rest of the world is finally beginning to confront the climate crisis in a meaningful way. The United States earlier this month saw a dramatic move by President Obama to require a 30% reduction in carbon emissions. Reduction that will for the most part be accomplished by individual states and regions and my country through an emissions trading system. We have also seen the nation of China implement a cap and trade system in two provinces and five cities, and we heard an announcement last week by a high official that these pilots will serve as the basis for a nationwide cap and trade system in China within the next few years. We have also seen, just within the last months, the election of a new Prime Minister in India, with Prime Minister Modi announcing on his first day in office a stunning initiative to provide electricity to the 400 million Indians who do not now have it by principally relying on photovoltaic energy. All of these developments add up to the world moving to solve the climate crisis and that is why it is so significant that Clive Palmer has announced that his party will support the continuation of the Renewable Energy Target, and the continuation of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, and the continuation of the Climate Change Authority, and that he has announced as well that he and his party will fight to re-implement an ETS under the conditions that he has described to you. While I will be disappointed if the immediate price on carbon is removed because it is a policy which I believe to be ultimately critical dissolving the climate crisis, I am extremely hopeful that Australia will continue to play a global leadership role on this most pressing issue. An Emissions Trading Scheme, a strong Renewable Energy Target and sound guidance from the Climate Change Authority, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation are all highly effective in reducing carbon emissions. I have appreciated the opportunity I’ve had to meet with Clive Palmer and the discussions that I’ve had with him and I congratulate him and his party on this outstanding statement that you’ve just heard. Thank you all very much. Clive Palmer and Former US Vice President Al Gore in the great hall, parliament house Canberra. Clive Palmer and Former US Vice President Al Gore in the great hall, parliament house Canberra. 14 The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia


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