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Biggest coal power plant closure means urgent national climate and energy plan needed: Greens

Greens Leader Adam Bandt MP says the closure announcement of Australia’s largest coal fired plant shows why Australia urgently needs a credible climate and energy plan.

Origin Energy has brought forward closure of the NSW Eraring power plant, one of the most polluting in the country, by seven years to 2025.

Despite this build up of announced coal closures before 2030, the government’s own projections that they took to Glasgow show another one to two further coal plants closing in the next eight years, which the government won’t tell us - or coal communities - about.

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Greens reject macho ‘my way or the highway’ politics on climate

The Greens today rejected Labor’s ‘take it or leave it’ approach to climate, saying people wanted parties to work together on something as important as climate, and that now that the likely reality of a power-sharing Parliament was dawning on everyone, Labor should not let their idea of the perfect be the enemy of the good.

Lines attributable to Leader of the Greens Adam Bandt MP:

“Liberal and Labor now seem to agree on one thing, which is that the Greens will be the most powerful party in the next Parliament. 

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Bowen reveals Labor's plan won't touch coal or gas

The Greens today repeated their call to kick out the Liberals, but slammed Labor’s weak climate targets and promise that “not one coal fired power station will close due to Labor’s policy” in the face of urgent global demands for climate action, saying the more we hear about Labor’s climate policy the worse it gets.

Labor’s Chris Bowen today also confirmed that under Labor’s policy:

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Labor given up on climate: Greens

Greens Leader Adam Bandt MP has criticised today’s climate announcement, saying Labor has given up on climate.  

Labor’s target is not consistent with the science of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees, the goal set out in the Glasgow Climate Pact. Labor now joins the Liberals with targets that have given up on the science, given up on Glasgow and given up on the climate. 

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National emissions data shows pollution rising

Today’s quarterly emissions data reveals that emissions have risen by almost 2% this quarter and that the temporary decrease in carbon pollution during COVID-19 is wearing off.

Even more concerningly, June quarter emissions were 128 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, the highest number since December 2019 and the beginning of the pandemic.

Leader of the Australian Greens Adam Bandt MP said this proves the only way to take genuine action on climate change is to kick the Liberals out, and put the Greens into balance of power. 

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Morrison gas plan proves even Net Zero 2050 is a lie

The Greens have slammed the Morrison Government’s 2021 national gas infrastructure plan as exposing its Net Zero 2050 pledge as a short term ruse to fool the US and UK in Glasgow.

Despite the IEA’s repeated calls for no new coal mines or gas fields to meet net zero by 2050, the plan is hoping to open three new gas basins (Beetaloo,  Gunnedah and North Bowen-Galilee basins) and build up to eleven new gas transmission pipelines spanning thousands of kilometres across the country. 

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