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Turnbull refuses to back Chief Scientist on climate

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today refused to back his own Chief Scientist on climate change when asked by Greens MP Adam Bandt in Question Time today.

“Malcolm Turnbull’s Chief Scientist has rightly said ‘we are losing the battle against climate change’, yet the Prime Minister refuses to back him,” Mr Bandt said.

“February this year has been named the hottest month on record ever, smashing a century of global temperature records by what NASA calls a ‘stunning’ margin’.”

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CSIRO CEO’s climate science cuts cast doubt on its future

The Australian Greens today said the CSIRO CEO Larry Marshall’s decision to cut hundreds of jobs in climate science within the organisation puts the future of the CSIRO as a respected national institution in doubt and criticised his public comments on his decision. The Greens called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to intervene and reverse Dr Marshall’s retrograde decision, and for Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman to stand up for the Tasmanian climate scientists affected by these cuts.

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CSIRO climate science cuts a test for Turnbull: Greens

The Australian Greens today said the CSIRO’s cuts to climate science are a test for Malcolm Turnbull on innovation and called on the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to intervene and reverse the cuts.

“Malcolm Turnbull risks being an innovation imposter if he allows the CSIRO to proceed with its cuts to climate science,” Greens Science & Research spokesperson Adam Bandt said.

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Innovation Statement welcome, but not enough to replace massive research cuts

The Greens broadly welcome the Turnbull Government’s Innovation Statement, however it does not repair the huge damage done to the science and research and development sectors by the Liberals’ funding cuts in recent years.

Greens Innovation spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said: “The focus on innovation and the attached funding are welcome, but it does not come close make up for the Liberals’ massive cuts to science, higher education and research and development.”

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Malcolm Turnbull: Pretender in Paris, but clean energy slasher at home

Greens Energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said today that while Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has committed to double clean energy research and development in Paris, his government is set to slash over $23 billion of public investment, and much more in private investment, in clean energy by sticking with their plans to abolish the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).

“When it comes to solar power and clean energy, Malcolm Turnbull is a pretender in Paris and a slasher at home,” Mr Bandt said.

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Turnbull should follow California as they go for 70 per cent renewables by 2030

Greens Energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the recent decision by California to increase renewable energy to 70% over the next fifteen years reinforces the Greens’ decision to push 90% renewables in Australia.

Last month Californian Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill to increase new renewables to 50% by 2030, on top of existing renewable production of approximately 20%. California is the world’s eighth biggest economy.

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UK to end coal-fired power by 2025, Australia must follow: Greens

In response to news that the UK proposes to phase out coal-fired power stations by 2025, the Australian Greens today called for the government to transition Australia's energy sources from polluting fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy, like wind and solar.

Greens Energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said:

"It's great to hear that the UK is proposing to phase out their coal-fired power stations within the decade."

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Coal power plant closure debate needed: Greens

Greens energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP has welcomed a new study by ANU economists outlining an option for closing coal fire-power stations in Australia.

The paper soon to be published in the journal of Economic Analysis and Policy outlines a proposed new market mechanism for the early regulated closure of highly polluting power stations.

“This is a good contribution to the debate over how to deal with the legacy of highly polluting coal-fired power stations, such as Victoria’s Hazelwood, that are excess to the capacity and must be shut down,” Mr Bandt said.

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Greens encourage new Chief Scientist to champion renewables

Greens Science spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today welcomed the appointment of Dr Alan Finkel as Chief Scientist and encouraged Dr Finkel to continue to champion renewable energy through his new position.

"The Greens welcome Dr Alan Finkel's appointment as Chief Scientist as a boost to our national discussion about how to electrify Australia," Mr Bandt said.

"Although we differ with him about nuclear power, we hope Dr Finkel's appointment represents a new scientific consensus that coal's days are numbered."

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Energy market review a damp squib on reform: Greens

The Final Report of the Review of Australia’s Energy Market governance has missed an opportunity to press for badly needed reform of our national electricity market, which is holding back the roll out of clean energy, driving up consumer prices and is a barrier to real action on climate change.

The review panel has correctly identified the “strategic policy deficit” in current arrangements and the twin challenges of climate change and the growth in clean and distributed energy, but has backed away from recommending changes to market governance that are needed.

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