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Labor must not allow Abbott’s slash and burn Renewable Energy Target

The Australian Greens are calling on Labor to abandon its deal to cut the Renewable Energy Target, which was introduced to parliament today and allows for the burning of native forests.

"This is Bill Shorten's first big test on the environment, and it's time to walk away from this deal. Burning native trees is not renewable energy," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"This deal is bad for the climate, bad for jobs, and a disaster for the environment.

"Is Labor really going to help the government commit this environmental and economic vandalism?"

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Labor Must Walk Away

We’ve got less than 48 hours to convince the Labor Party to walk away from this destructive deal. That’s why we need as many people as possible calling Bill Shorten’s office this afternoon and urging him to walk away from a deal that will destroy our native forests, undermine our entire Renewable Energy Target and fail to create the clean energy solutions that we actually need. 

Call Bill Shorten’s office: (02) 6277 4022

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RET deal is an irresponsible backwards step – Greens

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale was joined by Greens forest spokesperson Senator Janet Rice to respond to the announcement that the Labor party has done a deal with the Abbott Government to brown down the Renewable Energy Target.

“Weakening investment in clean renewable energy is irresponsible from an environmental, economic and health perspective,” Greens Leader Richard Di Natale said.

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RET deal means fewer jobs, less clean energy and more pollution – Greens

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale says the Abbott-Labor deal to reduce the Renewable Energy Target will mean fewer jobs, less clean energy and more pollution from coal.

"Tony Abbott has attacked renewable energy because he thinks coal is good for humanity. It isn't," Greens Leader Richard Di Natale said.

"This deal means more coal. More coal means less jobs in clean energy, more pollution, more cancer and more lung disease.

"For a young kid packing shelves in regional Australia it means less chance of a skilled and well paid job in the clean energy industry.

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Abbott must reject RET review to save 1400 Victorian jobs

Abbott must reject RET review to save 1400 Victorian jobs

The Abbott government must reject the recommendations of the Warburton review into the Renewable Energy Target or take responsibility for the loss of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investment in Victoria, say the state's Greens senators.

"The government is split, but the country is united: the Renewable Energy Target must be retained," said Senator Janet Rice.

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RET changes will cost Victorian jobs

RET changes will cost Victorian jobs

Victorian Greens senators Richard Di Natale and Janet Rice have warned the report into the Renewable Energy Target (RET) will cost thousands of Victorian jobs and billions in investment into the local industry.

"This review was dodgy from the start, conducted by a bunch of climate deniers handpicked by Tony Abbott," said Senator Rice.

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Senate Inquiry will expose Direct Action sham

The Greens today called for submissions to their inquiry into PM Abbott’s ‘Direct Action’ sham.

“The Greens’ Senate inquiry into Tony Abbott’s ‘Direct Action’ sham will expose it as an ineffective and costly smokescreen for government inaction,” said Acting Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale

“Tony Abbott might argue that CO2 is colourless and odourless but this reckless policy is friendless and it stinks. It hasn’t been endorsed by a single credible scientist or economist.

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Abbott turns a blind eye while Australia burns.

The Australian Greens have responded to the Bureau of Meteorology's announcement today that 2013 was Australia's warmest year on record, by urging the Abbott Government to face up to the facts on climate change and abandon his reckless actions to unwind climate change laws.

"The facts now speak for themselves. Getting rid of the experts like the Climate Commission and replacing them with crackpot conspiracy theorists like Maurice Newman won't change the fact that climate change is happening and is getting worse," said Acting Greens Leader Sen Richard Di Natale

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