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Senate calls for delay in Snowy review

The Senate today passed an Australian Greens motion calling on the Commonwealth to demand NSW delays finalisation of the Snowy Water License Review while environmental water releases are addressed.

"This must be done to avoid the risk of unnecessary compensation," Australian Greens Water Spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

"Delaying the review by six months will allow the Snowy Scientific Committee to review the environmental benefits of permitting releases from Mowamba Weir, in order to make a decision on this issue during the time of the Review.

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Greens launch $50m local green jobs boost

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert joined Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Employment Participation Minister Mark Arbib in announcing a $50m local green jobs package in Perth today. These projects are the result of successful negotiation between the Rudd Government and the Greens to secure the passage of the economic stimulus package through the creation of around 10,000 local green jobs.

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert today unveiled the first $50m of the $200m Local Jobs component of the Federal stimulus package which the Greens secured in their negotiations.

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PM’s Gorgon claims not backed by figures: Greens

Claims by Kevin Rudd that the Gorgon gas project must go ahead on an A-class reserve at Barrow Island so that the project’s emissions can be sequestered in reservoirs beneath the island are undermined by the proponents’ own figures, Greens Senator for WA Rachel Siewert says.

“Out of the nearly nine million tonnes-a-year of CO2 emissions that the Gorgon project will create, the proponents quite clearly state that they planning to geo-sequester less than half,” Senator Siewert said.

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Gorgon announcement relegates Garrett to 'rubber stamp' status

The Australian Greens today called on the Rudd Government to explain how it can announce its endorsement of a $50 Billion gas deal with China before the Gorgon project had received Commonwealth environmental approval.

"The message to us seems clear - threatened species will not be allowed to get in the way of development under Rudd, and environmental conditions are nothing more than a means of green-washing projects destined to go ahead regardless of their environmental impacts," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

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Continuing to pollute regardless

The Government's planned Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme has collapsed in the Senate, hopefully prompting many to look past the politics and identify the reality of what needs to occur.

The science is absolutely clear - if we are to have any reasonable hope of preventing runaway climate change and the chaos that will bring, we need to bring global emissions down rapidly and begin removing CO2 from the atmosphere.

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Plans to double Collie coal show lack of long-term thinking: Greens

Moves to more than double the number of coal-fired power stations in Collie within the next four years reveal the utter lack of leadership by the old parties on climate change, the Australian Greens say.

“Within Collie, we’ve got four existing coal-fired power stations including Muja C and D, Collie A and the privately-owned Bluewaters 1. By the end the year, Bluewaters 2 will be running and there are plans to re-open Muja A and B and build Bluewaters 3 and 4 by 2013,” Senator Siewert said.

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