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Treasury modelling begs the question: Why not go harder, faster?

Even with its pessimistic assumptions on energy efficiency and renewable energy, Treasury modelling released today backs the Greens position that cutting emissions hard and fast makes economic and environmental sense, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, said today.

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Scrap free permits to big polluters: Greens

The Rudd Government must immediately abandon plans to reward big polluters with free emissions permits, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, said today.

Today's Innovest / ACF report brings home the European experience in stark Australian dollar terms: giving free permits to polluters will deliver them a multi-billion dollar windfall gain that could undermine the economic, social and environmental integrity of the whole scheme.

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Emissions targets - Wong meets MIlliband

(Senate-Monday, 20 October 2008)


Senator «MILNE» -That is a happy coincidence, Senator Wong, because I was about to ask you about bilateral talks in London. I wanted to know whether you met with the new Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Ed Miliband.

Senator Wong -Yes, I did.

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Garnaut's global analysis forgets China; Local analysis points to forest protection

Professor Garnaut has wrongly assessed China and India's perspective on a global greenhouse gas emissions deal, Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown said today. However, the Professor also points the way to fast, cheap and easy emissions reductions from protecting forests.

Chinese Premier Hu Jintao and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh used July's G8 summit in Japan to call for rich nations to cut their emissions by 45% by 2012 and 95% by 2050 in order to give poorer nations room to develop.

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Rudd must save planet too

Responsible climate change action (450ppm) will see Australia's wealth increase by the same amount in 2020 as if weak targets (550ppm) are adopted-only eight months later, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"The Garnaut report shows that our economy will continue to grow strongly regardless of whether we pursue ambitious or weak targets. In fact, either way the cost is negligible," Senator Brown said.

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Rudd must heed scientists, reject Garnaut's defeatism: Greens

Prime Minister Rudd must reject the defeatism expected in Professor Garnaut's final report tomorrow and heed the advice of scientists to push for strong emissions targets that can prevent runaway climate change, according to Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown.

"The science is clear - we cannot afford to fail on climate change," Senator Brown said.

"Australians know that success is the only option, and at the next election they will rightly punish the Rudd Government if it runs up the white flag."

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Question to Sen Wong on emissions trading and forests

Senator MILNE» (Tasmania) (2:27 PM) -My question is to the Minister for Climate Change and Water and relates to the large volumes of carbon captured and stored in Australia's native forests and vegetation. Does she agree with former New South Wales Premier Bob Carr that protecting native forests is fundamental to fighting climate change and that keeping carbon locked up or sequestered in Australia's native forests instead of logging them not only will slow Australia's rising greenhouse gas emissions but will also have biodiversity benefits?

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