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Abbott’s global warming fig leaf getting smaller

Responding to this morning's revelation that the Abbott opposition would make green carbon commitments only 25 years long instead of the global standard of 100 years, Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said:

"Tony Abbott is now proposing to waste even more taxpayers' money on globally unusable carbon offsets instead of investing in building a clean energy economy.

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Swift energy market reform vital to bring down power bills

Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Christine Milne, addressed the press at a doorstop today to welcome the Prime Minister's call to the states to start examining the issue of power bills, and the focus on the transmission and distribution system's contribution to higher power bills.

"One of the things that came out of the Multiparty Climate Committee was that the Commonwealth government take a lead in the negotiations with the states to look at electricity market reform." Senator Christine Milne said today.

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Cash for yesterday's technology instead of tomorrow's

It makes no economic or environmental sense to subsidise brown coal and this new $90 million injection into yet another brown coal subsidy undermines the federal government's climate credibility, the Australian Greens said today.

 

 "Why are the Commonwealth and Victorian governments wasting money on yet more hand-outs for yesterday's polluting energy instead of investing in clean renewable sunrise industries like solar and wind power?" Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said today.

 

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Clean Energy Act inspires Port Augusta to swap coal for solar

The community of Port Augusta, today's stop in Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne's rural tour, is behind a push to replace its coal fired power stations with world-leading solar thermal power, enabled by the price on pollution, contracts for closure of coal fired power stations, and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

Senator Milne is today meeting Port Augusta Mayor, Joy Baluch, and members of the Repower Port Augusta community group.

"This is a clear good news story from the Clean Energy Act," Senator Milne said.

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Make your voice heard today - July 1

Dear friend,

Today is the day change for the better begins. With the Clean Energy Act coming into effect, we are making our first big steps in building a clean energy economy and cutting the pollution that drives global warming.

A clean energy economy means more jobs and innovation. It means cleaner air and a safer climate. It means a healthier, smarter, fairer society.

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The Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Moments ago, the Senate to voted into law Australia's biggest ever public investment in clean and renewable energy - and one of the great achievements of the Greens in this parliament in starting to build a cleaner, healthier, smarter Australia.

It's a profoundly exciting moment for all of us here - after years of campaigning and months of negotiations, the historic $10 billion commitment to the Clean Energy Finance Corporation is a huge change for the better for Australia.

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