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.
“Simply put – this deal between the Labor party and the Abbott Government means more pollution and less regional investment. It means more lung disease and fewer 21st century jobs.
“At the very least Labor should have required burning wood to be specifically excluded from the target because its possible inclusion would weaken the reduced target even more."
“Let’s be clear: burning native forests for energy is not clean energy,” said the Greens spokesperson for forests Senator Janet Rice.
“Every Renewable Energy Certificate available for the burning of native forests for energy is a kick in the guts for real renewables like solar and wind.
“This needlessly holds up the forest industry’s transition to plantation-based wood products. It props up the old economically unviable, destructive industry of clearfelling and woodchipping our native forests.
“Our native forests have more value standing than burnt. They keep our air and water clean, act as massive carbon stores, provide habitat for some of our most endangered animals and present huge economic opportunities for tourism and local communities.
“The Greens will oppose this backwards move, and we’ll be working closely with our Senate colleagues to make sure our native forests are not sacrificed.”
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