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Abbott and Newman ignore market with coal at all costs agenda

The Abbott and Newman Governments are ignoring dwindling global coal demand and the oversupply of ports in Queensland in their push for mega coal mining in the Galilee Basin with export through the Great Barrier Reef.

"The Abbott and Newman governments are insanely pushing ahead with their industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef, even though the market reality is that more coal ports for the Reef aren't wanted or needed," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Greens welcome World Bank decision to offload coal

The Australian Greens have welcomed reports the World Bank will no longer fund coal-fired power stations in poor countries.

This comes on top of the International Energy Agency recently saying that two thirds of the world's coal must stay in the ground to avoid a two degrees rise in average temperatures that would leave millions of people trapped in poverty.

"The World Bank's mission is to assist developing nations out of poverty and part of this solution is to address global warming," Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne

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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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US EPA confirms global trend away from coal as Australia digs in to the past

New emissions performance standards for power stations in the United States preventing the construction of any new conventional coal fired power stations confirm the global trend away from polluting coal power just as Australian governments and corporations are digging our economy further into the coal pit, the Australian Greens said today.

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Greens reject Victorian coal push

The Australian Greens have rejected a renewed push by the Baillieu government to expand brown coal mining in Victoria. The Greens will also look at what action can be taken by the Federal government to slow down the push.

"Minister Comber should not be encouraging these moves by the Baillieu government. The Clean Energy Future package is about transitioning away from our dependence on coal, in particular brown coal. The Gillard government should not undermine that by backing this move. It is economically and environmentally irresponsible," Deputy Greens Leader Senator Milne said.

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