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National Greenhouse Accounts bolster case to keep carbon pricing

Media Release
Christine Milne 15 Apr 2014

The Australian Greens are accusing the Abbott government of selective hearing, as the new National Greenhouse Accounts out today show emissions are continuing to drop.

"The data is up on the Environment Department website but you won't hear about it from the Minister, because the figures don't fit with the Abbott government's rhetoric," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"Every one of these quarterly reports has seen emissions drop in areas covered by the carbon price, since it kicked in on July 1, 2012. In this latest report, energy emissions are down 5 per cent.

"The only exception, emissions that have gone up significantly, are fugitive emissions from mining and coal seam gas wells, which are given free permits to pollute, and don't have any incentive to reduce emissions with the Abbott government promising to repeal the carbon price.

"It's now more clear than ever that we have to keep making polluters pay. Carbon pricing is working. It's bringing down emissions, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation is making money for the government, and a new study has shown the Renewable Energy Target will actually keep power prices in check," said Senator Milne.

"Tony Abbott must keep the clean energy policies we already have, because he has no viable alternative. The Senate inquiry into the so-called ‘Direct Action plan' has shown it amounts to inaction.

"This week the IPCC has called for a rapid and radical shift to renewable energy. It's criticised Australia for seeking to repeal carbon pricing, while other countries move to adopt it. Now the National Greenhouse Accounts have shown again that emissions are coming down.

"Tony Abbott needs to open his eyes, fix his selective hearing, and stop trying to take this country backwards."

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