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Abbott Government’s 2030 climate target cements Australia as worst polluter in the world

The Abbott Government's reported 2030 climate target is less than half of what the Climate Change Authority, the government's independent expert body, has recommended as a bare minimum.

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

"This is a weak target from a weak Prime Minister that cements Australia as the worst polluter per capita in the world, trashing our international reputation.   

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Abbott Government must listen to everyday Australians not coal barons when setting climate targets today

The Abbott Government Cabinet needs to listen to the majority of Australians who want climate action in its meeting today to decide on post-2020 targets.

Commenting on the Climate Institute's review of public attitudes, released today, Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said:

"Not only is Tony Abbott ignoring the science and snubbing the rest of the world, he is completely out of touch with most Australians, who understand climate action means new jobs.  

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Abbott Government’s latest attack on environment protection is about putting coal ahead of renewables

The Australian Greens condemn the Prime Minister's criticism of the Federal Court's decision to uphold federal environment law and overturn the approval of Adani's Carmichael coal mine.

"The Prime Minister's willingness to sideline environmental protection in favour of Adani comes down to his obsession with coal and hatred of renewables," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said.

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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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Senate Inquiry hears of David and Goliath battle landholders face against CSG in Qld

The first public hearing of the Senate Inquiry into the Greens’ bill to give landholders the right to say ‘no’ to gas and coal mining on their land and to ban fracking was held in Brisbane today.

Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, the Australian Greens Acting Leader and mining spokesperson, who introduced the bill to the Parliament, said:

“We’ve heard from Queensland landholders today who desperately want to protect their land, water and health but have been left with no legal rights to say ‘no’ to the big mining companies.

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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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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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