Australia Institute’s claims on climate “hypocritical” when it comes to agriculture

AgForce CEO Michael Guerin has questioned the Australia Institute’s credibility after its latest report on climate highlighted emissions caused by livestock had declined 25.4 per cent between 1990 and 2019, yet claimed, “any reduction in these emissions is likely to revert to previous levels” as drought conditions ease.

In its report, Banking on Australia’s Emissions: Why creative accounting will not get us to net zero emissions, the influential public policy think tank challenges the Federal Government’s claim that emissions have declined 19 per cent saying that this figure has been achieved by historic changes in deforestation, the impact of the 2017-2019 drought, and COVID – not Government climate policy initiatives.

Mr Guerin said the Australia Institute’s allegations “smacked of hypocrisy”, accusing them of their own creative reporting, and research that amounts to “little more than selective theorising and assumptions – not facts.”

“When the Australia Institute releases a report about climate, it should be steeped in truth, not guess work,” Mr Guerin said.

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