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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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PM Turnbull must ditch attacks on ARENA & CEFC, double their budgets instead: Greens

Responding to news that the Turnbull government has committed to double research & development investment on clean energy over the next five years, the Australian Greens today called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to ditch his government’s plans to abolish ARENA and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), and instead double their budgets.

“How can you, on one hand, say you support innovation and science, and on the other hand want to abolish ARENA and the CEFC? It doesn’t make sense,” Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale 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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Greens announce RenewAustralia – a plan to power the new economy

On the eve of global climate negotiations kicking off in Paris, the Australian Greens have today released their detailed plan ensure that by 2030 Australia's energy generation is at least 90% renewable and twice as efficient. A new government authority called RenewAustralia would deliver a 15 year pipeline of clean energy projects through a combination of reverse auctions and direct investment.

"Today the Greens unveil RenewAustralia - our plan to power the new economy and create thousands of jobs ," said Australian Greens Leader, Dr Richard Di Natale.

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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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Senate must stop Abbott from putting mining companies above the law

The Australian Greens are urging the Senate to block the Abbott Government's bill to gut public enforcement of environment law now being debated in the Lower House.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and environment and climate change spokesperson, said:

"Tony Abbott and George Brandis want to put big mining companies above the law and stop Australians who care about the environment and climate from upholding the law.

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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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