COALITION FINGERPRINTS ALL OVER WIND FARM LAWSUITS: GREENS
Greens climate change and energy spokesperson, Adam Bandt, responded to the Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER) announcement that they will launch legal action against four wind farm operators over the 2016 South Australian blackout, saying the regulator needed to explain why only a few months ago it investigated the blackout, found that breaches of the market rules did not contribute to the event and advised it would not take companies to court.
“The AER shouldn’t be doing the Coalition’s dirty work,” said Mr Bandt.
“In its investigation into the blackout last December, the AER declared that ‘we do not intend to take formal enforcement action in respect of these matters.’ Yet just over six months later they’ve launched legal action.
“Energy Minister Angus Taylor, a known wind-farm opponent, needs to come clean on what role he has played in facilitating this complete about-face from the AER.
“Ageing coal-fired power stations are regularly failing in the heat and they get off scot-free, but wind farms get taken to court by the very same body that investigated and cleared them just a few months ago.
“According to The Australia Institute, Australia has experienced 195 coal and gas breakdowns since December 2017, but the Minister and his regulators turn a blind eye to fossil fuel failures.”
From the official investigation by AER (Black System Event Compliance Report released 14 December 2018):
“Overall, the investigation found a high level of compliance by market participants with their obligations. However there were instances in which obligations were not complied with. The AER considers the breaches found did not contribute to the state going black, and that all core obligations were met”
- It goes on to say (in the detailed report): “While we have found some areas of non-compliance with administrative requirements in the Rules, we do not intend to take formal enforcement action in respect of these matters, as we consider that it would be more effective to focus on remedial recommendations for improved processes. Further, we have noted the unprecedented circumstances as part of our consideration of all the available information.”
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Australian Greens climate change and energy spokesperson, Adam Bandt, responded today to the push from Federal Energy Minister, Angus Taylor, for Victoria to lift its onshore gas moratorium, saying more gas won’t fix Australia’s energy problems and will make climate change worse.
“While renewables are pulling electricity costs down, gas is driving costs up,” said Mr Bandt.
“Lifting the fracking ban in Victoria will just see more gas sold offshore to the highest bidder while making global warming worse.”
”By investing in more renewables and supporting industry and households to switch from gas to electricity, we can cut pollution and solve the ‘gas problem’, caused by the old parties handing over our gas to the fossil fuel giants to export overseas.”
“Gas isn’t a transition fuel. It’s a polluting fossil fuel that will blow out Australia’s carbon emissions and heat our planet further.”
“Daniel Andrews must hold firm against the Canberra fossil fuel bullies and keep Victoria’s fracking ban in place.”
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Greens energy spokesperson Adam Bandt has responded to the announcement that Australia is looking to access millions of barrels of oil from the United States’ Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
“If we want to take real action on fuel security, we need to look past fossil fuels and instead get serious about embracing electric vehicles,” said Mr Bandt.
“Instead of acting to drive the shift to electric vehicles, the government spent the last election running a scare campaign.”
“Just like its failure to act on climate change, the government’s continued failure on fuel is threatening Australia’s security.”
“The only way to ensure long term energy transport security for Australia is to decarbonise our economy with investment in electric vehicles and zero carbon public transport, like high speed rail.”
“The Greens have a plan to ensure 100% of new passenger vehicles are electric by 2030.”
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Greens energy spokesperson, Adam Bandt, responded to the announcement that AGL will submit to government pressure and keep Liddell power station open longer, saying the decision would make global warming worse.
"The coal bullies in the governent are slowing down the transition to renewables," said Mr Bandt.
"We're in record drought, the Arctic is burning and we should be phasing out coal, not forcing it to stay open longer."
Greens Deputy Leader and climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today rejected the invitation from Craig Kelly and Joel Fitzgibbon to join the Parliamentary Friends of Australian Coal Exports for the 46th Parliament.
Mr. Bandt said that Craig Kelly and Joel Fitzgibbon should stop peddling lies to the coal export industry and instead acknowledge the truth about the future of coal exports and support coal workers and communities through the planned and rapid phase out of coal.
“Labor and Liberal are on a unity ticket on coal.” said Mr Bandt.
“We are in a climate emergency and governments around the world are recognising it. Thermal coal exports need to be phased out by 2030 and we need to urgently support coal workers and communities during the transition.”
“Parliament should be supporting a transition plan for coal workers as we phase out thermal coal exports.
“If Anthony Albanese is serious about fighting climate change and supporting coal communities, he should instruct his party room to boycott this group.
“Richard Marles was right when he said the global market for thermal coal has collapsed. Labor should be focusing on a plan to phase out coalmining in Australia so the industry can transition in an orderly and just way, rather than teaming up with climate-denying Craig Kelly on political stunts.”
Greens MP Adam Bandt commenting on the PM and the Crown Scandal said today:
"Yesterday, the PM said he had no information his Ministers had done anything wrong, despite reports two Ministers pressured the Home Affairs department on behalf of Crown.
"This morning the Attorney General referred the Crown visa scandal to the ACLEI, but that body can’t investigate Ministers and former Ministers, especially regarding the Prime Minister’s statement of ministerial standards.
"This afternoon in Question Time, the Prime Minister refused to answer my questions about whether he had satisfied himself his Ministers had done nothing wrong, handballing it to the Attorney-General.
"What has the Prime Minister got to hide? Only the Prime Minister can enforce his Ministerial standards, but it appears his approach is ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’.
"Meanwhile the Labor opposition is missing in action, not asking one question about the scandal and joining with the government to vote down a Parliamentary inquiry which could have investigated Ministers and former Ministers.
"Liberal and Labor are running a protection racket for Ministers and former Ministers with connections to Crown casino."
Greens spokesperson for the public service, Adam Bandt MP, today commented on reports that the Prime Minister will make ‘immediate and sweeping reforms’ to the public service, warning that the Greens will fight to defend the public service from any attempts by an increasingly authoritarian government to weaken it.
“Without a policy agenda, this government seeks only to destroy,” said Mr Bandt.
At the Australian Greens National Conference last weekend, the Australian Greens moved and passed a motion declaring a climate emergency, and a motion calling on people to join in the September 20 climate strike. Greens Deputy Leader and climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said it was now time for other parties and parliaments across Australia to join the Greens by demonstrating their unequivocal recognition of the scale of the crisis facing us.
“A climate emergency requires an emergency response. It means putting the climate crisis at the centre of all policy and planning decisions and mobilising the whole of government and society to protect Australia’s people and ecology,” said Mr Bandt.
Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today welcomed comments by BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie, but expressed dismay that the head of one of the world’s most polluting companies appears to be taking the climate emergency more seriously than the Liberal and Labor parties.
Mr Bandt urged BHP to follow its strong words with real, durable action, noting that it was named one of the top 100 polluting companies in the world.
Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that Angus Taylor’s comments that he had an “open mind” on the use of nuclear energy, following Barnaby Joyce’s push for nuclear, shows the energy debate in this country is getting hijacked by right-wing ideologues with a fixation on dangerous technologies like nuclear and coal.
Mr Bandt warned that lifting the nuclear moratorium opens Australia up to a Chernobyl-style meltdown in Australia.