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NSW Chief Scientist acknowledges CSG impacts uncertain

The Australian Greens are alarmed the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer has not recommended a moratorium on coal seam gas mining, despite acknowledging we don't have all the facts on health and environment impacts.

"We need to apply the precautionary principle when it comes to impacts on our land and water, especially in an age of food insecurity," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.

"The National Water Commission has warned that potential impacts of coal seam gas on water are significant and uncertain.

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Greens call for no new CSG with activists and artists in Tara

The Australian Greens today announced a plan to stop the expansion of coal seam gas and coal mining at a Lock the Gate convergence near Tara in south west Queensland.

"Hundreds of people, including Ash Grunwald and Steady Eddy, have travelled far and wide to converge here in the Surat Basin against coal seam gas and coal today," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said at the gathering.

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Rudd confused by Australian gas market - Greens

The Australian Greens have rebuked the Prime Minister for suggesting coal seam gas could help lower electricity prices in Australia.

"Extracting more gas won't reduce its price any more than digging up more gold reduces the gold price," said Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"Kevin Rudd is confused by the basics on coal seam gas in Australia. Increased production will have zero impact on electricity prices because the industry is geared up to export it out of Queensland.

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Greens Say No to Coal Seam Gas

Senator Christine Milne today announced the Australian Greens policy for no new coal seam gas and empowering land holders to say no to coal seam gas on their land.

"The Greens are the only party standing up to the big coal seam gas mining companies who are threatening our precious water, valuable farmland and global climate," Greens Leader Senator Milne said.

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Greens National Conference: keynote speech and and press conference

 

Leader of the Australia Greens, Senator Christine Milne, delivered a keynote speech to the Greens National Conference in Sydney, and addressed the press at a press conference afterwards.

Senator Larissa Waters also delivered a speech at the National Conference outlining the Federal Greens' Too Precious to Lose' campaign, to protect our precious natural environments under threat from weakening environmental laws and damaging developments.

 

Please see attached audio files and transcript of keynote speech below.

 

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Economic leadership needed to address climate change in Queensland

Today’s report from the Climate Commission highlights the great potential for a Queensland industry in clean energy, but predicts a range of devastating impacts on Queensland’s industries and homes if the Queensland and Australian Governments continue to fail the leadership challenge on climate change, the Australian Greens said today.

“This report spells out very clearly what will happen to Queensland if both the state and federal governments blindly forge ahead with their coal-at-all-costs plan,” Australian Greens mining spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters, said.

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Australian coal leads the world in driving global warming

Research by Greenpeace shows how much exports of Australian coal contribute to driving global warming, highlighting the need to change direction, the Australian Greens said today.

The report reveals that allowing coal mining to continue unabated in the Galilee Basin in Queensland could produce 700m tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year. If the nine planned mines are approved, the Galilee Basin would be the seventh largest CO2 emitter in the world.

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Coal seam gas worse for the climate than expected

 

The pollution from coal seam gas mining that drives global warming is likely to be at least double the current estimated levels, according to a new study released today by The Australia Institute.

 

This new information undermines the industry's claims to be a clean energy source and a transition fuel, and emphasises the need for Australia to move to established clean and renewable energy sources instead, such as wind and solar, which are already beginning to outcompete fossil fuels on pure economic grounds.

 

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