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MRET critical to meeting emissions reduction targets - Greens

The Australian Greens today backed calls to maintain the mandatory renewable energy target and reject the reported advice of the Wilkins Review and the Productivity Commission to scrap the scheme.

"It is quite clear that an emission trading scheme will not, on its own, be sufficient to stimulate adequate investment in renewable energy," Senator Christine Milne, Australian Greens spokesperson for Climate Change said today.

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Nelson's spoiling tactic criticized by Greens

Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson is taking the Coalition out of the political process to determine Australia's climate change trajectory, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
"Dr Nelson's demand that nothing happen before 2012 dismisses the world's scientists' calls for urgent action to halt climate change," Senator Brown said. 
"The Opposition Leader is putting the wishes of major polluters ahead of the interests of ordinary Australians."

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No signal for change: Protecting polluters, hurting the community

The Rudd Government's Green Paper has failed the test of true leadership by neutralising the carbon price signal and still providing no responsible target, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, said today.

Senator Milne said, "Minister Wong's Green Paper protects polluters and provides no signal for investment for a zero-emissions future. Minister Wong used the term 'transformation' many times in her speech, but the scheme proposed here provides no drivers at all for transformation, instead protecting existing investments at all costs.

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ABC TV watchers amongst you may have seen the promos already for Christine Milne on the newish Q&A program this Thursday night, July 10, at 9.30 pm.

She will be on the panel, focussed on 'Welcome the new Senate', with Senator Helen Coonan, Minister Craig Emerson, author Linda Jaivin and everybody's favourite opinionated columnist, Andrew Bolt.

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Garnaut's policy doesn't match his science: We need transformation, not incrementalism

Professor Garnaut's portrayal of the urgency of climate change does not match his support for a slow start to emissions trading and incremental economic change, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, said today.

Senator Milne said, "Professor Garnaut has come a long way in a short period of time with the complex science of climate change. But there is still a serious mismatch between his apparent understanding of the urgency of the issue and the cautious and incrementalist policy prescriptions that lie underneath his rhetoric of great change.

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Prime Minister Rudd's climate change credentials on the line in Victoria

The Victorian Labor Government's unqualified approval for the construction of a dirty brown coal fired power station in the Latrobe Valley is an act of total denial on climate change, and contempt for community wishes that governments take action to curb emissions, not increase them, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne said today.

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