Labor can't shake off fossil fuel lobby

Greens candidates for the Newcastle and Charlestown by-elections are challenging their Labor opponents to explain their position on the future of the Hunter and Lake Macquarie coal-fired power stations.
 
The Labor party's Environment spokesperson, Luke Foley, told the NSW parliament his party will vote against the Greens' bill to slash greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the health impacts of coal-fired power stations and create tens of thousands of new jobs in the Hunter by transitioning the state to 100 percent renewable electricity generation.

Report highlights risks of coal seam gas – it’s time for a permanent ban in NSW

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today welcomed the Chief Scientist’s report into coal seam gas, saying it was vindication of community concerns and that the risks highlighted in the report were too great to allow the coal seam gas industry to operate in NSW.
 
“The Chief Scientist’s report has identified that coal seam gas can present major risks to the environment, even if this risk is characterised as ‘unintended consequences’.  NSW should ban coal seam gas to mitigate these risks and turn to alternative sources of gas and energy,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
 
“We’ve already seen serious contamination incidents with only a few coal seam gas wells drilled in NSW. If this industry is allowed to drill the thousands of wells it wants, the risk will only increase no matter how much regulation is tightened.
 
“The Chief Scientist also recommends that legacy issues and cumulative impacts must be taken into account, including dealing with a million tonnes of waste salt.  

Labor should extend CSG ban to other areas of NSW

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today called on the Labor Party to extend their unconventional gas ban in the Northern Rivers to the rest of NSW, or risk looking like they are playing cynical electoral politics that will be reversed once they are back in government.
 
"While the Greens welcome the Labor announcement banning unconventional gas in specific North Coast council areas, it is disappointing that Labor are making their coal seam gas policy based on cynical electoral politics rather than basic principles of protecting land, water and communities everywhere in NSW," said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
 
"Labor were the party that unleashed coal seam gas across a third of NSW by issuing 39 exploration licences when they were last in office.
 
"The Greens policy is clear - we are opposed to unconventional gas everywhere and support a rapid transition to clean, renewable energy.

Don’t let Gloucester tourism fall victim to coal seam gas

On World Tourism Day, Greens MP and Tourism spokesperson Jan Barham has called on the NSW Government to recognise the importance of tourism to communities such as Gloucester by reconsidering its approval of coal seam gas in the picturesque region.
 
“Visitors spend around $30 million annually in the Gloucester region, providing jobs for up to 240 people in the tourism sector and supporting many local businesses. Tourism is an increasingly important part of Gloucester’s economy and to jeopardise it through drilling for coal seam gas in the area is risky and short-sighted,” Ms Barham said.

China’s move away from dirty coal: pressure on for Hunter transition plan

Unless Labor and the Coalition stop canoodling up to coal barons and start pulling together a transition plan, the Hunter Valley community will be facing further job, said Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon.
 
“China’s announcement that it will move away from dirty coal is excellent for the environment and people’s health; however, the impact on the Hunter must be taken very seriously,”  said Senator Rhiannon.
 
“Australia must plan and participate in China’s move away from dirty coal and towards renewables.

Greens.Reboot.Future conference – fresh perspectives for a progressive Australia

In the week that Australians have been forced into a military conflict in Iraq the Greens are hosting a major public conference that will offer new perspectives on key issues and ask some of the big questions facing progressive activists and politicians in Australia today.
 
British Greens leader, Natalie Bennett, will speak along with peace activist, Donna Mulhearn.
 
Ms Mulhearn said,  “This conference is a timely opportunity to debate Australia’s war role. Going to war in Iraq in 2003 was never in Australia’s interest. Going back 11 years later because of the chaos that war created is even less so. Now is the time for a robust public and parliamentary debate, about Australia’s involvement in the wars of other nations.”

Greens Senator Rhiannon in Gloucester, backs opposition to AGL frack plan

Greens Senator and water spokesperson Lee Rhiannon will be in Gloucester today to support community protests over AGL's plan to frack for coal seam gas in the region.
 
"This is a high risk project which should never have been approved," said Senator Rhiannon.
 
"AGL is putting the communities' health and water at risk all for the sake of increasing exports. This is not a fair deal, especially for the people who have to live next to the wells.
 
"I am in Gloucester to listen to the community and hear their concerns about the project. It is a shame that NSW government representatives are not working with the community to represent their concerns.
 
"That AGL's own hydro ecologist has identified this project as high risk should be ringing alarm bells in the NSW government.

Door opens to NSW's first uranium mine

The NSW Energy and Resources Minister Anthony Roberts has announced six companies have been invited to explore for uranium in NSW.
 
Whilst the ban on uranium mining is still in place, the 26-year ban on exploration was overturned by then-Premier Barry O'Farrell two years ago.
 
"Let's not be in any doubt about what's going on here. This opens the door to NSW's first uranium mine," says Greens MP and uranium spokesperson, Jamie Parker.
 
"It's an outrageous decision which is short-sighted and ignores the warnings of scientists, public health professionals and economists.

Barnaby serves mining interests with 30 dam plan

Greens water spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has accused Minister Barnaby Joyce of being the hand maiden for the mining industry with his 30 new dams plan.

"The Joyce plan for 30 new dams is irresponsible for agriculture and has more to do with Barnaby Joyce trying to throw his weight around for his mining mates," Senator Rhiannon said.

"This is another example of a National Party minister doing the bidding for the mining industry.

Barnaby serves mining interests with 30 dam plan

Greens water spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has accused Minister Barnaby Joyce of being the hand maiden for the mining industry with his 30 new dams plan.
 
"The Joyce plan for 30 new dams is irresponsible for agriculture and has more to do with Barnaby Joyce trying to throw his weight around for his mining mates," Senator Rhiannon said.
 
"This is another example of a National Party minister doing the bidding for the mining industry.
 
"The priority for the federal government should be seeking to protect our existing water supplies so our use for farming, industry and domestic use is sustainable.