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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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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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Palmer should invest in clean energy, not litigation

Clive Palmer would do better to take the carbon price's message to heart and invest his enormous wealth in clean energy than to use it to challenge the laws in the High Court, the Australian Greens said today.

"Mr Palmer is very fond of threatening law suits against people and ideas he doesn't like, but he'd do better to look at the latest climate science and the news from China and India that they see solar soon outcompeting coal," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Global coal outlook risky, but ALP and COALition don’t want to know

China and India are openly discussing moving away from coal, but the Government and Opposition are wilfully turning a blind eye while encouraging multi-billion dollar investments, the Australian Greens said today.

"With climate change beginning to bite hard and the price of renewable energy dropping sharply, the global outlook for coal is looking riskier all the time just as Australia is investing massively in expanding our coal exports," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Coal dust blinding old parties to science, the law and human welfare

First published at ABC The Drum, March 13, 2012. By Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne.

The extraordinary response by politicians and corporate leaders to Greenpeace's legal plans to challenge Australia's massive coal expansion is a disturbing sign of how effectively the coal industry's narrow interests are trumping respect for science, the law and human welfare in our national debate.

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