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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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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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Shenhua Watermark coal mine approved to ruin farmland while Barnaby Joyce sits on his hands

The Greens strongly condemn the Abbott Government's approval of the Chinese-owned Shenhua Watermark coal mine in the Liverpool Plains to ruin high-quality farmland and cook the planet.

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

"The Abbott Government is again putting overseas mining interests ahead of farmers and our climate.

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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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