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Shift to renewables under RenewAustralia would benefit Hunter region

The Hunter is set to benefit from the Greens’ RenewAustralia plan to transition to 90% renewable energy sources by 2030. NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens Deputy Mayor for Newcastle Michael Osborne have commented on the benefits for the Hunter region. 

Senator Rhiannon said, “NSW will benefit enormously from RenewAustralia. We need to prioritise public investment in clean energy technologies like solar thermal power. 

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NSW needs RenewAustralia

The Greens have launched RenewAustralia, a plan to transition to 90% renewable energy sources by 2030. NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon commented on the benefits that this plan would bring to the NSW. 

“NSW will benefit enormously from RenewAustralia,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

“We will enjoy cheaper electricity, cleaner air and water, and a jobs-rich state. 

“If we are to develop a strong renewable energy sector then we will need to prioritise public investment in clean energy technologies like solar thermal power.

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Eve Paris Climate Conference - new coal loader set to make Australia laughing stock

The Greens have strongly criticised the decision to approve a fourth coal loader at Port Newcastle as an irresponsible act that will impose a massive health burden on people of the Hunter, damage local wildlife habitat and cause more extreme weather events.

On the eve of the United Nations Climate Change Conference this decision to expand coal exports will make Australia an international laughing stock.

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Two years on: Abbott government has failed our Pacific island neighbours on global warming

With the Pacific Islands Forum leaders' summit on this week, the Australian Greens are urging the Abbott Government to finally show some regional leadership by acting on global warming and reinstating climate adaptation funding cut from aid.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said:

"Our Pacific neighbours know all too well that coal is not good for humanity.

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Flinders University: say no to the cash for Lomborg scheme

The Australian Greens have called on Flinders University to follow the University of Western Australia and reject the Abbott government's desperate bid to find a host for climate sceptic Bjorn Lomborg.

"It would be extraordinary if Flinders University accepted Education Minister Christopher Pyne's $4 million to host Bjorn Lomborg whose work has been widely discredited by both scientists and economists," Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

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Speech: Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill 2015 Second Reading

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (20:41): This bill, known by many as the 'dead koala power bill', should not pass. What the government calls the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill is shameful. This is a saga that highlights how far the Abbot government will go to deliver for its corporate constituency. In this case, the Liberal-National corporate constituency is the fossil fuel industry and those companies that want to continue logging native forests.

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