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Morrison's scheme an expensive climate hoax: Bandt

Morrison's scheme an expensive climate hoax: Bandt

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said Scott Morrison's latest climate 'policy' was an expensive hoax that had no plan to deal with coal.

"There's nothing in this expensive fig-leaf that deals with coal, and if you don't have a plan for coal, you're not serious about climate change," said Mr Bandt.

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Greens call on Labor to back Marles over coal

Greens call on Labor to back Marles over coal

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, responded today to the comments from Labor frontbencher, Richard Marles, that “The global market for thermal coal has collapsed, and wonderful – that’s a good thing – because what that implies is the world is acting in relation to climate change.”

Quotes attributable to Mr Bandt:

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Bandt introduces two bills to stop coal mining

Bandt introduces two bills to stop coal mining

Greens Co-Deputy Leader and climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today introduced two private member’s bills into the House of Representatives that lay down a challenge to the old parties on the mining and export of thermal coal. The first would prohibit the mining of thermal coal in Queensland’s Galilee Basin, effectively outlawing the Adani mine, and the second would phase out the export of thermal coal entirely by 2030.

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Court ruling on coal and climate change a game changer: Bandt

Court ruling on coal and climate change a game changer: Bandt

Today’s NSW Land and Environment Court ruling preventing a new coal mine in NSW is a game changer Greens climate and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said today.

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Australian Greens launch NSW Renewable Energy Zones

Australian Greens launch NSW Renewable Energy Zones

Australian Greens co-deputy leader Adam Bandt MP and NSW Australian Greens Senator Dr Mehreen Faruqi today announced that The Australian Greens’ plan for the creation of 8 renewable energy zones in NSW, which have the potential to unlock over 40GW of renewable energy. 

On Wednesday, as the state was sweltering through a heatwave, generators at both Liddell and Eraring Power Stations were broken, pulling 1300 MW of electricity out of NSW’s grid. Instead of breaking down during a heatwave renewables like solar thrive. The need to create Renewable Energy Zones that would rapidly replace aging coal-fired infrastructure is becoming more and more urgent as climate change gets worse.

The Berejiklian government has made some progress with Renewable Energy Zones, but is no friend of renewables: NSW is one of the only states or territories without a renewable energy target. The Australian Greens are the only party with a plan to supercharge investment in renewables.

We’re facing a climate emergency, but with the right leadership we can switch from coal to renewable energy, delivering jobs in New South Wales and cutting pollution. The Australian Greens will start treating electricity like an essential service again, with government stepping in to deliver an energy grid for the twentieth century. Our grid currently is largely a series of wires going out to coal mines, but the Australian Greens will get government building transmission lines out to where the sun shines and the wind blows.

The Australian Greens plan will:

  • Establish Renewable Energy Zones (REZs) across Australia, including 8 Renewable Energy Zones in New South Wales.
  • Establish a $2.8 Billion Commonwealth Grid Transformation Fund to support the augmentation of transmission infrastructure required to connect new zones to the electricity grid.
  • Build and/or augment transmission lines out to North West New South Wales, Northern New South Wales Tablelands, Central New South Wales Tablelands, Central West New South Wales, Southern New South Wales Tablelands, Broken Hill, Murray River and New England.
  • Build ‘Riverlink’, a new interconnector with South Australia, allowing NSW to tap South Australia’s high level of renewable energy and provide a more stable, secure grid.
  • Build a new interconnector with Queensland to tap the REZs in the Tablelands
  • Strengthen the existing interconnector with Queensland to bring more renewables online and provide a more stable grid.

This will unlock over 40 GW - about 25 coal-fired power stations worth - of renewable energy potential.

Quotes attributable to Mehreen Faruqi, Australian Greens Senator for NSW

“Renewable energy is the cheapest form of electricity. With the right policy, New South Wales can become a renewable energy superpower. The NSW Government needs to rapidly transition away from dirty coal towards renewable energy. 

“Renewable Energy Zones can unlock our state’s potential, creating clean energy and jobs.”

“Our grid is still largely a set of wires out to coal mines. Government now needs to build the grid out to where the sun shines and the wind blows.”

“The NSW Government has a shocking history of privatisation. The grid should be built and run for the public good, not for profit.”

Quotes attributable to Adam Bandt MP, Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader and spokesperson for climate change and energy:

“The Australian Greens’ approach is focused on the public interest, so the network operator advises on how to build a grid to get us to 100% renewables, the government assesses the proposal with a view to supporting coal-fired power station areas through the transition, and we then build the grid for the lowest possible cost as a public good, enabling new public and private renewables generation to come online.”

“I am worried that the potential of REZs and AEMO’s ‘Integrated System Plan’ will be squandered unless governments grab the issue by the scruff of the neck and starts building the network in the public interest.”

“And up until this point, the only policies that have been in place to encourage Renewable Energy Zones haven’t worked.”

“We need to rewrite the rules and move away from this crazy applicant-driven process.”

“The Australian Greens are the only Federal party with a policy to construct and deliver renewable energy zones across the country, which will deliver a surge in new renewable energy construction.”


Contact: 
Bandt, Gideon Reisner, 0429 109 054
Faruqi, Matt Hilton, 0474 437 111
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Government confirms climate accounting trick as pollution continues to rise: Greens

Government confirms climate accounting trick as pollution continues to rise: Greens

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said that the latest emissions projections report, released today, confirms the government intends to cook the books on climate to halve its measly targets.

Mr Bandt called on Labor to rule out using dodgy accounting tricks to meet their emissions reduction commitments.
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Labor conference fails on climate and coal as Liberals’ Taylor misleads on Paris

Labor conference fails on climate and coal as Liberals’ Taylor misleads on Paris

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today expressed his disappointment that Labor’s National Conference has failed to act on coal.

“It is fundamentally dishonest to move motions about the climate emergency but then have no plan to stop the burning and exporting of coal,” said Mr Bandt.

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Pigs will fly before heroic MYEFO wage growth forecasts come true

Pigs will fly before heroic MYEFO wage growth forecasts come true

Greens employment spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today noted MYEFO joins 8 years of heroic wage growth forecasts that haven’t come true, making this mid-year update more fantasy than reality.

“If history is anything to go by, we’ll see pigs at 35,000 feet before these wage growth forecasts come true,” said Mr Bandt.

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Australia inhibiting real climate action at home and abroad: Bandt

Australia inhibiting real climate action at home and abroad: Bandt

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today noted that the release of this year’s ‘Mid-Year Financial and Economic Outlook’, which shows spending on climate change decreasing every year to 2021-2022, reflects the same disdain this government has shown towards real action on climate change at the recent international climate talks in Poland.

“Australia is a climate change denier at home and abroad,” said Mr Bandt.

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Greens will leave no stone unturned to block government spending money on coal: Bandt

Greens will leave no stone unturned to block government spending money on coal: Bandt

Referring to Energy Minister Angus Taylor's call for proposals for the government’s underwriting fund, Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt warned the government that the Greens will leave no stone unturned in efforts to block public money being spent on coal-fired power stations. Mr Bandt has introduced legislation to prohibit public money going to coal-fired power stations and flagged amendments to the government’s so-called ‘big stick’ bill that would also prohibit coal-fired power stations from receiving public money.

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