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Commonwealth Bank’s decision to end relationship with Adani makes economic and environmental sense

The Australian Greens welcome the Commonwealth Bank's decision to end its relationship with Adani and wholeheartedly congratulate the divestment movement.

"Not only is it environmentally irresponsible to back Galilee Basin coal, it doesn't stack up economically," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate spokesperson, said.

"Eleven banks around the world have ruled out involvement in the Galilee Basin coal mines exporting through the Reef.

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Obama’s climate action leaves Abbott isolated

President Obama's clean energy plan must serve as an urgent wake up call to Prime Minister Abbott.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate spokesperson, said:

"Why is Tony Abbott so ready to follow the US blindly into a war with no clear plan but when it comes to climate action to save our very way of life he runs a mile?"

"While President Obama is shutting down polluting coal, Tony Abbott is still obsessed with propping up the dying coal industry to please his donor mates.

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Coal is good for Liberal Party donations, not humanity – Greens welcome Oxfam report

Oxfam’s report Powering Up Against Poverty, released today, shows why renewable energy will save and improve lives in developing countries while coal will further destroy them.

“Coal is good for the Liberal Party’s donations, not humanity,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Acting Leader, said

“Tony Abbott’s destructive spin about coal and poverty benefits only his mining company donors, who use the same self-serving rhetoric.

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Climate Conversations

Having conversations is one of the most accessible and effective ways to change attitudes.

With global warming well and truly back on the political agenda now is a great opportunity to reengage with family and friends about global warming, it's impacts on our lives and economy and what we need to do about it.

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Benchmark of good policy is science, not Abbott

Greens acting leader Larissa Waters says a Renewable Energy Target of 50% by 2030 is better than the Abbott government's ideological opposition to clean energy, but still way short of what's necessary to limit dangerous global warming.

"Today's announcement from Labor on renewable energy is better than Tony Abbott's anti-renewables vendetta, but it fails to meet the true benchmark, which is the science," said Senator Waters.

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$34m for Callide coal will cost Queenslanders in more ways than one

Greens Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters says it's outrageous that the Queensland Labor government has taken the step of pouring $34 million into the Callide Power Station at Biloela, in the new State Budget.

"Callide is a relic of the coal age that should be shut down, not propped up with taxpayer's dollars," said Senator Waters.

"It is the most polluting power station in the state and one of the worst in the country. For every megawatt of power produced, it emits 1.1 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

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PM Abbott’s war on renewables hurts low-income families, retirees

The Abbott government's decision to stop the Clean Energy Finance Corporation investing in rooftop solar will hurt Australians who are trying to make ends meet, said Greens Deputy Leader Larissa Waters.

"Tony Abbott is making life harder for everyday Australians, suffocating innovative new businesses, and handcuffing this country to the coal age," Senator Waters said.

"The CEFC helps rooftop solar companies offer free installation of solar panels, which means retirees and low-income families can start saving immediately. Well, not anymore.

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Tony Abbott's war on clean energy hits sickening new low

Australian Greens Deputy Leader Larissa Waters says Tony Abbott is proving himself an economic and environmental vandal with his escalating war on wind.

"Tony Abbott is systematically destroying every successful clean energy policy Australia has," said Senator Waters.

"He's made us the only country in the world to get rid of a price on pollution and the only country in the world to actually lower a renewable energy target.

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Greens echo OECD call to end free ride for coal

The Australian Greens say coal exports should face a $2 per tonne levy and massive fossil fuel subsidies should end, in light of the OECD calling for higher taxes and import tariffs on coal producers.

"Coal is treated to a free ride charged to the Australian taxpayer. It's got to stop," said Greens Deputy Leader and climate spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters.

"Instead of wasting taxpayer money to prop up the dying coal industry, we should be investing in our clean energy industry to safeguard the climate and provide jobs that will last.  

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Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters, comments on China's emissions reduction target:

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters, comments on China's emissions reduction target:

"Instead of playing down China's globally conscious pledge, as Minister Bishop has, the Abbott Government needs to take note and dramatically increase its pathetic level of climate ambition.  

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