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Senate maintains carbon price

The Senate has voted to maintain the existing emissions trading scheme 29 - 33.

"The Senate has rejected Tony Abbott's do-nothing approach on global warming and voted to maintain the price on pollution," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"No one should give up on the current law. It has the support of leading economists like Ken Henry, Ross Garnaut and Bernie Fraser whilst Tony Abbott's phoney alternative is friendless.

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Minister Hunt’s empty threat to carbon price

The Abbott government is getting way ahead of itself in trying to halt the auction of carbon units, say the Australian Greens.

Today the Environment Minister registered the Clean Energy Auction Revocation Determination 2014, which will come into effect tomorrow; that is, until it is disallowed at the Senate's first opportunity, next Monday.

"Industry should take zero notice of this political stunt from the Abbott Government," says Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne.

"The Greens will move to disallow it."

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Unleashing Community-Owned Energy

Community-owned clean energy is already strong overseas, from local groups in Denmark that sparked the global wind power industry to apartment dwellers in the US that own solar panels on local buildings.

Australia has successful community-owned clean energy projects like Hepburn Community Wind Park, but considering our world-leading clean energy resources, our potential has barely been tapped.

The Greens will fund a $100 million Australian Community Renewable Energy Program that will help local groups plan, build and own their clean energy resources.

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Barnett’s solar re-think must extend to the big picture

The Australian Greens have welcomed the WA Government's more reasoned approach to solar feed-in-tariffs, while warning Mr Barnett must recognise that renewable energy is the way forward for WA.

"Congratulations to the thousands of Western Australians who stood up to Mr Barnett and made him realise that he couldn't break a promise to electricity customers," Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said.

"Now it's time for Mr Barnett to see the bigger picture.

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