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Greens' plan to cover Council roofs with solar panels and cut Council power bills

Council can cut its power bills and save ratepayers money under a Greens' plan, announced today, to allow solar companies to install solar panels on Council buildings and infrastructure.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, Qld Senator Larissa Waters, who will discuss the plan at the Solar Citizens Political Forum at 11:30 am QUT Gardens Point today (details below), said: 

"Council can offer up the roofs of its libraries, swimming pool buildings and bus depots, in exchange for cheaper power bills. 

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Turnbull Government repeats Abbott’s trick in gutting the board of the Renewable Energy Agency

The Liberal Government is trying to stifle the independence of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency by neglecting to appoint new board members leaving the Environment Department Secretary as the only director, who has quorum.  

"The Turnbull Government is repeating Tony Abbott's old tricks," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said.

"This one is straight out of Abbott's playbook - he did exactly the same thing in 2014.

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Hunt backs Abbot (Point)

The Australian Greens condemn Minister Hunt's approval of the Queensland Labor Government's plan for a massive coal port in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area at Abbot Point.

"Minister Hunt's dangerous decision is bad news for our Reef, jobs and the climate," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.

"The damage ticked off on today includes dredging 1.1 million cubic metres of the Reef floor which will mobilise about 10,000 tonnes of fine sediment, smothering seagrass habitat for dugongs and turtles.

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Environment, climate change and the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change and environment spokesperson, comments on the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook:

"The Liberal Government is cutting climate and environment programs but keeping the spurious Wind Farm Commissioner.

"The outlook confirms the Renewable Energy Agency and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, which makes money for taxpayers, are still on the chopping block, despite the government's talk about innovation.

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Rhetoric about clean energy in Townsville needs to be backed up

The Palaszczuk Government needs to back up its rhetoric about the merged Energex and Ergon business using clean energy technology in Townsville.

"Queensland can be a  renewable energy powerhouse and Townsville has the potential to lead the nation in baseload solar power," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.

"Townsville is connected to the National Electricity Market and has outstanding capacity for solar energy with abundant sunshine above the threshold typically required to solar thermal power stations, even during winter.   

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Qld budget review ignores economic reality to predict increase in coal royalties

The Palaszczuk Government's budget review is deluded in predicting coal royalties will return to levels only seen at height of the mining boom.

"The Palaszczuk Government is deluded for thinking it can bank on coal into the future," Senator Larissa Waters Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.

The budget review forecasts $2.4 billion in coal royalties in 2018-19 - the same amount collected in 2011-12.

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Premier out-of-touch with world on coal and renewables

Premier Palaszczuk's comments on ABC last night that Queensland will always be reliant on coal and her go-slow on the Queensland Renewable Energy Target are at odds with the Paris agreement.

"The Labor Government is proving just as bad as Campbell Newman's when it comes to pushing ahead with new coal mines and they're failing to keep their promises to support renewable energy," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.  

"In the lead up to the state election, Labor promised action on a Queensland Renewable Energy Target of 50% by 2030.

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Breakthrough Paris climate agreement sets solid foundation but much still to be done

• Reference to a 1.5 degree limit will require countries to ratchet up targets
• Australia will now need to rapidly transition from coal to renewables
• Agreement to $100 billion in finance for developing countries to develop via low carbon economies

The Australian Greens welcomed the announcement by world leaders that a framework agreement to tackle global warming has been reached in Paris, but urged the work has just begun towards averting the catastrophic impacts of global warming and transforming the global economy.

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