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Beginning of a new era as Clean Energy Future bills pass into law

Posted by Steve on November 8, 2011

Today is an historic day for Australia and a boost to global efforts to reduce emissions as the Senate passes the Clean Energy Future legislation, according to the Australian Greens.

“Today is the day that Australia lays the foundation for a whole economic transformation and it’s the day we start serious action to tackle the climate crisis,” Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

“It is a day when the parliament placed the well being of future generations front and centre.

“This is an exciting day in Australia. Laying this foundation stone means it is the beginning of building a clean, zero carbon economy and seizing the opportunities of creating jobs and investment and putting our economy on a 21st century track.

“Where the old CPRS that we rejected was a full stop at the end of the campaign to tackle climate change, this package is an opening paragraph. We have a lot of work to do in the months and years ahead to make the best use of the opportunities we have created.

“But today is also the beginning of the end for Tony Abbott.

“We have had to put up with a 12 month scare campaign from Tony Abbott and the big polluters, based mostly on lies and exaggerations.

“All that negativity is now out the window. There will be a psychological shift in Australia as people see less tax coming out of their pay or more in their support payments and then look to see how they can positively contribute to the task of tackling the climate crisis.

“Tony Abbott staked his entire political career on destabilising the Gillard government and on defeating the legislation to put a price on carbon pollution.

“He has failed on both counts and, instead of standing and facing the music, he has cut and run.

“Australia can now celebrate the passage of this historic package of bills, seize the opportunities it presents, and hold our heads up high internationally as our efforts for the first time bolster global negotiations and help to support carbon prices around the world.

“I will be travelling to Durban to attend the upcoming Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change where Australia’s efforts will be welcomed and celebrated.”

An open letter to Drew Hutton facing court for trying to protect our land

Posted by Jim McDonald on August 22, 2011

Good luck on Thursday, Drew.

There is no doubt about the immorality of CSG extraction and coalmining on productive land and in people’s homes, but the laws are not geared towards what is best for Australia’s food security, nor what is best for the aquifers and the Great Artesian Basin, nor for the atmosphere as methane leaks, nor for the destruction of family lives and the peace of communities. On these grounds alone you have an absolute reasonable excuse.

The work you have done for the farmers and communities of the Darling Downs is sowing seeds across the country sustained by your’s and the farmers courage to stand up against multi-nationals and Australian companies out for a fast buck whatever the damage they do.

Drew, you should be proud of what you have achieved for all of us in bringing the pernicious industrialisation of our land and its resources to the public consciousness. I am!

Jim McDonald

Australia’s poor emissions record

Posted by Jim McDonald on July 9, 2011

Letter to the editor, Sydney Morning Herald:

Your coverage on global emissions (SMH 9/7/11) highlights Australia’s percentage of the total world emissions (1.5%). What it fails to do is to compare our emissions with countries that emit a similar percentage. Australia’s population is 35% of France’s, 37% of the UK and Italy, 44% of South Africa and South Korea, 48% of Spain’s and 9.5% of Indonesia’s, yet shares the same percentage of the world’s emissions as each of these countries. These figures put Australia’s poor record on emissions into a context that requires a serious programme of emission reduction. I hope the carbon tax accelerates the moral obligation on all polluters to improve on this national disgrace.

Jim McDonald, Noosa Greens Candidate, 9 July 2011
Published Sydney Morning Herald, 11 July 2011

Australians reject fossil fuel subsidies

Posted by Steve on May 9, 2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has released polling results that show overwhelming support for redirecting the government’s $11 billion a year hand-out to fossil fuel companies to renewable energy research and development.

“Taxpayers’ money is being used to support polluters, including coal and oil companies. Building a cleaner, safer, healthier 21st century economy means we need to cut pollution and focus on developing renewable energy, rather than prop up the carbon-intensive past,” Senator Brown said.

“Also, incentives to drive business cars further to claim a tax break are absurd. Treasury costings of the Australian Greens’ overhaul of Fringe Benefits Tax concessions on company cars showed a $1 billion saving over the forward estimates – a victory for common sense.”

The Galaxy poll showed 84% of Australians would like to see fossil fuel subsidies redirected to renewable energy research and development. Only 9% believed it appropriate for fossil fuel companies to receive this hand out from the government.

Poll question: The government currently provides subsidies to fossil fuel companies worth more than $11 billion each year. In your opinion, is this appropriate or would this money be better spent on the development of clean renewable energy technologies?
Response: Subsidies are appropriate 9%; Better spent on developing clean technologies 84%; Neither/don’t know 8%.

The Galaxy poll of 1,036 people across Australia in March, in data previously released by the Greens, also showed 58% support for reducing emissions by taxing big polluters. Support for taxing polluters, instead of paying polluters, increased to 66% in favour if tax revenue is used to help householders and drive investment in clean energy.

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