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Australia sucks up to Trump at Katowice

Australia sucks up to Trump at Katowice

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the Morrison government was sucking up to Donald Trump at the global climate change conference (the 24th Conference of the Parties) in Katowice, Poland. Instead of siding with countries who are serious about the transition away from coal, Australia overnight cosied up to representatives from Trump’s climate-denying administration who were spruiking fossil fuels, joining them on a panel to promote fossil fuels and Chevron’s giant Gorgon LNG project.

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Bandt welcomes Labor support for coal-fired power funding prohibition bill

Bandt welcomes Labor support for coal-fired power funding prohibition bill

Greens climate and energy spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, has welcomed Labor’s decision to back his Coal-Fired Power Funding Prohibition Bill, introduced into the House of Representatives yesterday.

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Government must heed Attenborough climate warning: Bandt

Government must heed Attenborough climate warning: Bandt

Australian Greens climate and energy spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, says the Morrison government must heed Sir David Attenborough’s warning that climate change is a threat to human civilisation.

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Bandt introduces bill to stop government bankrolling coal

Bandt introduces bill to stop government bankrolling coal

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today introduced the Coal-Fired Power Funding Prohibition Bill 2018 into the House of Representatives, which prevents the Commonwealth from providing financial assistance to coal-fired power plants. The scope of Mr Bandt’s bill is intended to be wide enough to prevent the government using the mechanisms outlined in the Underwriting new generation investments consultation paper to underwrite and provide financial support to coal-fired power stations.

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Kids should defy PM’s school lecture: Bandt

Kids should defy PM’s school lecture: Bandt

Students planning to participate in a national school strike this Friday calling for emergency action on climate change should ignore the Prime Minister’s hectoring Question Time speech, Greens Deputy Leader and climate and energy spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, said today.

Mr Bandt asked the Prime Minister if he would join the Greens in praising the students and if he would meet with some of the students when they come to Parliament this Wednesday. The Prime Minister’s response was an ignorant condescending lecture.

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Labor's timid energy plan continues to protect coal from carbon price: Bandt

Labor's timid energy plan continues to protect coal from carbon price: Bandt

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said Labor’s energy policy announced today fails to tackle coal and is another capitulation to Tony Abbott by dumping a carbon price in favour of a policy scavenged from the Liberals’ rubbish bin.

Mr Bandt said the policy also fails to act on climate change by doing little more than business-as-usual, failing the test set by the recent IPCC report on global warming. There is no policy to ensure a planned phase out of coal fired power plants.

 

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Ending Australia's thermal coal exports by 2030

Quit Coal: Ending Australia’s thermal coal exports by 2030

Greens Deputy Leader and climate and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP has outlined a significant new election policy on coal when addressing a conference of the United Firefighters Union in Hobart today.

Highlighting the link between worsening bushfires and climate change, Mr Bandt has detailed how the Greens would phase out thermal coal exports by 2030.

The burning of coal is the biggest cause of global warming. Australia is the biggest coal exporter in the world and the second biggest exporter of thermal coal that is burnt in power stations to generate electricity.

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Greens will push Labor to restore carbon price

Greens will push Labor to restore carbon price

In the wake of the collapse of the Liberal vote and their ditching of the National Energy Guarantee, Greens Deputy Leader and climate change and energy spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, has called on Labor to commit to re-implementing the carbon price agreed in the 2010 power-sharing Parliament if it wins the next election.

Mr Bandt said that Labor was using its apparent impending election victory and the Coalition’s outright climate denialism to water down its own climate policy and blow any chance of keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees, as evidenced by Labor’s recent announcements to:

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Labor repeat Rudd mistake by reheating NEG instead of talking to Greens

Labor repeat Rudd mistake by reheating NEG instead of talking to Greens.

Greens spokesperson for climate change and energy Adam Bandt MP and Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale wrote to their Labor counterparts Bill Shorten and Mark Butler in late August after the toppling of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the demise of his signature energy policy, the National Energy Guarantee (NEG), to open discussions on climate change policy. Up till this point, Labor has declined to substantially engage, but the party remains open to constructive engagement.

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Greens slam Liberals for continuous attacks on research and academic freedom

Greens slam Liberals for continuous attacks on research and academic freedom

Greens science and research spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today slammed the Liberals for their continued attacks on research and academic freedom. Mr Bandt said actions of Minister Birmingham and his successor, Minister Tehan, show the contempt with which the government holds the science and research community.

“The Liberals anti-science and anti-research agenda started with Tony Abbott and has continued long after his departure,” said Mr Bandt.

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