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Abbott’s not-so-secret goal? To destroy renewables

Tony Abbott has admitted today that the intention of his deal with Labor to slash our Renewable Energy Target was not to give clean energy certainty but to destroy the industry.

"Tony Abbott has jeopardised any certainty that his deal with Labor was supposed to provide when he, quite literally, spelt out that his goal was to 'R-E-D-U-C-E' clean energy," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Acting Leader and climate spokesperson, said.

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Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate spokesperson, comments on the G7’s agreement to end the fossil fuel era:

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate spokesperson, comments on the G7’s agreement to end the fossil fuel era:

“The world wants to put an end to the fossil fuel era and move to the age of renewables.

“But, just as he is on equal marriage and gender equality, Tony Abbott is stuck in the past and is ignoring the fact that Australians want climate action and renewable energy.

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Abbott Government releases cringe-worthy response to international climate questions in lead up to Paris

The Abbott Government has released an internationally embarrassing response to questions submitted by other countries ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris at the end of the year.

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

"Other countries, including the US and China, have asked very valid questions about the inadequacy of the Abbott Government's Direct Action program and lowly emissions reduction target.

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To the members of Parliament of Norway

To the members of the Parliament of Norway

We write to you today from a country across the globe already severely impacted by global warming, Australia.

We are 11 Federal Parliamentarians from the Australian Greens, with a keen interest in the health of our planet.

We understand that your Parliament will be holding an historic vote on June 5, looking to direct your country’s Sovereign Wealth Fund to move out of continued investment in the damaging power source of coal.

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Labor must not allow Abbott’s slash and burn Renewable Energy Target

The Australian Greens are calling on Labor to abandon its deal to cut the Renewable Energy Target, which was introduced to parliament today and allows for the burning of native forests.

"This is Bill Shorten's first big test on the environment, and it's time to walk away from this deal. Burning native trees is not renewable energy," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"This deal is bad for the climate, bad for jobs, and a disaster for the environment.

"Is Labor really going to help the government commit this environmental and economic vandalism?"

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Australian Greens Deputy Leader Senator Larissa Waters comments on the Palaszczuk Government's announcement today that studies for the environmental impact statement for Abbot Point have begun:

"Climate change is the biggest threat the Great Barrier Reef faces and exporting hundreds of mega tonnes of coal through the Reef itself will make it much worse.

"We simply should not be building one of the world's largest coal ports in the Great Barrier Reef in an age of climate change, especially when we have renewable alternatives.

"Renewable energy has the potential to create far more jobs for Queenslanders and the big parties should stop browning down the Renewable Energy Target.

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Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Larissa Waters, comments on the International Monetary Fund's estimate of global fossil fuel subsidies:

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Larissa Waters, comments on the International Monetary Fund's estimate of global fossil fuel subsidies:

"It's staggering that governments around the world are propping up the dying fossil fuel industry to the tune of $5.3 trillion each year.

"This equates to $10 million a minute every day of ordinary taxpayers' money being funnelled into worsening climate change.

"Governments could be investing that money into reducing poverty, instead of propping up big mining companies and holding up the transition to renewable energy.

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Court to hear Adani to pay no tax in Australia – Carmichael mine approval must be overturned

With expert evidence tabled in the Land Court in Brisbane being heard today that Adani will likely pay no corporate tax in Australia, the Australian Greens are calling for the Carmichael coal mine approval to be overturned.

"It's clear from the evidence that one of two things will happen, both of which would mean Adani pays no corporate tax in Australia," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.

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Top coral reef scientists recommend against Abbot Point expansion on climate grounds

The Australian Greens are urging the Queensland and federal governments to act on the Australian Coral Reef Society's recommendation against expanding the Abbot Point coal port, in the society's report out today.

"Our top coral reef scientists are telling us we need to decide between protecting Great Barrier Reef and digging up the Galilee Basin," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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