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Renewable Energy Target must keep big polluters on the hook

The Australian Greens say the aluminium industry is already heavily subsidised and must not be fully exempted from the Renewable Energy Target.

"The Renewable Energy Target is working to bring down pollution and power prices, but exempting the biggest polluting industries from the scheme would just totally undermine it," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"The point of the Renewable Energy Target is to see the whole economy move away from this unsustainable and unhealthy use of polluting fossil fuels.

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Mr Palmer must clarify vague global warming policy

The Greens are celebrating the fact that Greens, Labor and Mr Palmer will use the Senate to block the repeal of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Renewable Energy Target and Climate Change Authority, but are extremely sceptical about Mr Palmer's vague support for an emissions trading scheme.

"It is fantastic that the Senate will save the renewable energy institutions that the Greens established in the last Parliament. These critical institutions are reducing pollution, saving the government money and creating jobs in new industries," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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Direct Action Green Paper is light on detail because it is light on science

The Australian Greens say the government's Green Paper on the Emissions Reduction Fund, otherwise known as the Direct Action sham, is just more government spin to hide the fact Tony Abbott does not accept the science behind global warming.

"It's no surprise the Green Paper is light on detail - there's nothing to talk about. This is just more of the same from a government that doesn't accept that global warming is real and hurting people already.

"This is a plan to let the big polluters off the hook and to charge tax payers instead.

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The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is safe for now

The Australian Greens celebrate saving the Clean Energy Finance Corporation today in the Senate and will continue to do everything they can to make it permanent. Next task is to stop Tony Abbott and Greg Hunt dismantling the Climate Change Authority and clean energy laws.

"Tony Abbott's opposition to the CEFC is pure ideological spite. The evidence supporting it is overwhelming. It is reducing emissions, rolling out renewable energy and saving the government money," said Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne.

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Senate highlights Tassie climate hit

The Senate has today supported a Greens motion highlighting the financial impact on Tasmania of the Abbott Government's attempts to repeal the price on pollution.

"Hydro Tasmania has benefited by up to $70 million from the carbon price, and has been able to pay 81 cents in every dollar in dividends back to the Tasmanian budget," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"The Abbott Government wants to rip this money out of our state, which will cost jobs for teachers, nurses and police.

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Greens will move again for inquiry into Direct Action sham

The Australian Greens will move again in the Senate for an inquiry to expose the government's Direct Action sham, but will not delay a vote on the repeal of the carbon price.

"The Greens will continue to take a strong stand against Tony Abbott and his attempt to roll back action on global warming," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"Now is not the time to delay or equivocate.

"Labor have backflipped on global warming so many times already, and now they want a delay so they're not forced to vote down Mr Abbott's bad policy.

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Hunt should be at climate summit: Bandt

Greens Acting Leader and Federal Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt MP says it is appalling that the Minister for the Environment is joining the Foreign Minister in skipping Monday's global climate summit in Warsaw and is further evidence of the climate denialism that dominates the government.

"Instead of sitting in his office reading Wikipedia, Greg Hunt should be in Warsaw tackling global warming and talking to the world's experts on climate change," Mr Bandt said.

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