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Archive for December, 2009

Kenneally called on to restore rail petrol freight subsidy to save lives

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

In the aftermath of the far south coast accident involving a petrol tanker that killed three people Greens MP and transport spokesperson Lee Rhiannon has called on Premier Kristina Kenneally to reinstate the subsidy for bulk fuel transported by rail.

“I extend sympathy on behalf of the Greens to the families of those killed in this tragedy,” Ms Rhiannon said.

“The lessons from this horrific accident need to be acted upon to prevent more deaths and injuries. (more…)

Copenhagen failure turns focus onto state and local governments

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

The Greens are calling on the Keneally government to abandon plans for two new baseload power stations and heed the call of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for ’sub national’ jurisdictions to act on climate change.

Greens NSW MP John Kaye said: “The Copenhagen conference broke up without a meaningful binding agreement leaving the future of the climate at the mercy of state and local governments.

“The NSW government is pushing ahead with its plan to hand over control of the state’s existing coal-fired power stations to the private sector and
approving two new baseload generators.

“Two 2,000 MW coal-fired power stations plus the redevelopment of Munmorah would produce at least 30 million tonnes of CO2 each year. Premier Keneally’s plans would lead to an 18.6 percent increase in the state’s emissions, or the equivalent of 7 million new cars on the road.

“Handing over the existing power stations to private hands for up to 50 years would make it impossible for the state to make the transition away
from coal. Even the weak agreement reached at Copenhagen would not tolerate this massive increase in emissions. (more…)

Rudd’s climate rhetoric muffled by bulldozers moving in at Anvil Hill coal mine

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Greens MP Lee Rhiannon has urged the Rudd government to make its rhetoric on climate change match reality, as bulldozers are set to begin
construction on the Xstrata owned Mangoola coal mine at Anvil Hill in the NSW Hunter Valley.

“While Prime Minister Rudd is talking the talk in Copenhagen this week, bulldozers are lining up to start construction on the massive new Anvil Hill coal mine,” said Ms Rhiannon.

“The unprecedented expansion of the coal export industry in Australia highlights the hypocrisy of the federal government on climate change. There is a new wave of coal expansion set to sweep across the Hunter Valley in 2010. (more…)

Kyoto and now

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

(letter to the editor, Australian newspapers; published Canberra Times December 18, additional publication unknown)

In 1997 I attended the Kyoto Climate Change Convention with a petition - The Australian Peoples’ Declaration on Global Warming - signed by 150 000 groups and individuals opposing the stance taken by the Howard Government on climate change. At that time I was astonished (perhaps naively) at the hold that fossil fuel corporations had on the governments of the world, including our own, but it appears that despite the 2007 election and its attendant promises, nothing has changed. (more…)

Will Abbott reform donations culture?

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Greens MP Lee Rhiannon has challenged opposition leader Tony Abbott to declare his position on the reform of political donations, following his appearance today at the Liberal party’s Millennium Forum fundraiser held in Sydney.

“Tony Abbott’s appearance at the Millennium Forum today raises questions about his willingness to clean up the Liberal Party’s fundraising culture,” said Ms Rhiannon.

“I challenge Tony Abbott to declare his position on banning donations and his commitment to reforming both federal and state funding and disclosure laws. (more…)

Households to pay for government’s coal obsession

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

NSW households will be paying up to $893 more per year for electricity by 2013 due to the NSW government’s failure to invest in renewable energy and smarter electricity demand management, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

Commenting on the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal’s draft determination on electricity prices, Dr Kaye said: “The NSW government
is missing the boat on a clean energy future. Households will pay for the government’s obsession with coal-fired power.

“Much of these costs could be avoided by making the transition to large scale renewable energy and demand management. Locking households into a
coal-fired power is a dead-end strategy. (more…)

Rees for red gums – goal scored

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Today the Premier made a commitment to conservation in NSW, announcing that the Millewa Riverina Red Gum Forest will added to the National Park estate. The Barmah-Millewa is Australia’s largest River Red Gum forest and the biggest ecosystem of its type in the world. The Barmah portion of the forest, on the Victorian side of the river, was made a national park last year.

“I congratulate Premier Nathan Rees in announcing that he will create a new National Park and protecting for posterity 660 km² of iconic River Red Gum forest and Ramsar-listed wetland,” says Ian Cohen, Greens MLC. (more…)

Super-size houses driving energy costs and greenhouse emissions

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

The Greens are calling on the Rees government to address growing house sizes to avoid massive investments in the electricity network and increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

Commenting on a story in today’s Sydney Morning Herald (’Houses too big, say Greens’ 1 December 2009 page 4), Greens NSW MP John Kaye said: “Developers are currently reaping in huge profits by building big houses on relatively small lots.

“Larger houses use more energy, put more stress on electricity infrastructure and drive up greenhouse gas emissions.

“Household electricity bills across the state are going up to pay for the developer’s windfall gains as the Rees government commits NSW to $17 billion of new distribution and transmission wires and poles. More than 30 percent of the new investment is driven by the growing demand for electricity. (more…)

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