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Why the frack would we frack? - Western Australians to rally against fracking

Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam will join protestors rallying in Fremantle tomorrow - Saturday 17 August - against the controversial method of underground gas extraction known as fracking.

"The WA Parliamentary Inquiry into hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking' announced this week is a good idea given the Barnett Government's plans to massively ramp up this industry in the Mid-West, Kimberley and elsewhere in WA," Senator Ludlam said.

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Gas and oil debate ignores Western Australia’s solar potential

Debate around gas and oil development and the implications of Labor's Northern Territory tax plan misses the main question about Western Australia's energy future, The Greens said today.

"While the Premier attacks the Prime Minister for supposedly threatening his gas ambitions, and Kevin Rudd talks about making Perth an oil and gas headquarters, both Labor and the Liberals are ignoring Western Australia's huge solar potential," said Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam.

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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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Largest solar power project great news for Australia

The Australian Greens have welcomed news that the largest solar power project in the southern hemisphere will be constructed in rural NSW and will be partly funded by the federal government's Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

"This is not only great news for regional NSW, it is a glimpse of the innovative jobs rich future that comes from a rapid transition to 100% renewable energy. 150 jobs is just the beginning," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

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Solar panel users save everyone money: Don’t punish them

Increasing the fixed costs of electricity because of the success of solar panels punishes people for saving WA taxpayers $100,000 per megawatt, the Greens warned today.

Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said the Barnett Government had "lost the plot on electricity pricing".

"Western Australians have rightly been encouraged to take up solar panels. Now the State Government complains that as a result they're not able to squeeze as much money out of people as they'd prefer - so they'll increase the fixed cost for electricity supply. It's beyond belief."

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Greens to lower on-farm energy bills

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne has announced a plan to lower on-farm energy bills with $100 million in grants for efficiency and infrastructure on energy-intensive farms.

"The clean technology, food and foundry grants program for food processors has been one of the success stories of the package negotiated with the Greens to tackle climate change, but it didn't go far enough," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

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Milne: Only the Greens can be trusted on climate

"On climate change Tony Abbott is a denier, Kevin Rudd has back flipped and only the Greens can be trusted," said Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne.

"The decision to scrap the fixed carbon price is cowardly. If you believed that climate change was the greatest moral challenge of our time, and it is, you would not now be moving to have the big polluters pay less. That is what Kevin Rudd is doing. It is all about politics and not about policy.

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