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

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Richard Di Natale 8 May 2015

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.

"We could have stood up to Tony Abbott just like we did on the GP co-payment but Labor has caved in to protect the coal industry.

"This cut is the end of large scale solar in Australia. Bill Shorten has helped Tony Abbott protect the big polluters with a deal for a slower transition to cleaner, cheaper power."

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