Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said today’s historic Senate vote which sees the Climate Package become law presents an opportunity for NSW to grow new greens jobs and innovative industries.
"NSW is faced with a stark choice: move forward and transform to a low carbon economy or push on with a coal dominated economy,” Senator Rhiannon said.
“The NSW Coalition government faces a conflict of interest.
“On one hand the government is greedy for the hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties from the 50 new coalmines and expansions of coalmines now on the state’s books.
“The NSW Coalition government also has a responsibility to reduce greenhouse emissions, safeguard NSW’s agricultural and water resources and protect vulnerable species.
“The Climate Package provides an important tool for helping to get this balance right.
“A 2009 report by the Centre of Full Employment and Equity, based at the University of Newcastle, dispels the myth that transition to renewable energy will lead to job losses.
“The CofFEE report found that if NSW was to shift to renewable energy, including some local manufacturing of generators, up to 73,800 jobs would be created.
“Government investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and public transport will be critical to take NSW down the path to clean energy and a jobs-rich economy.
“The NSW government can show political leadership by developing policies to make the state a world leader in sustainable energy technologies, creating new opportunities for jobs and economic growth.
“The time for a new way of thinking has arrived. These new laws are a significant step towards a safer climate,” Senator Rhiannon said.