The Greens are calling on the NSW Coalition to join a cross-party commitment to a state based scheme that fills any holes that changes to the RET will create in the renewable energy investment environment.
('Solar installers face another boom and bust' Sydney Morning Herald 30 August, p. 15, http://j.mp/smh140830)
Greens NSW MP John Kaye said: "Just the announcement of the findings of the Warburton review has inflicted untold damage on the confidence of the renewable energy industry.
"Uncertainty about the future of the RET scheme will drive investors out of the market.
On World Environment Day, Greens MP and Environment Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has called on the NSW Government to stand up to protect the Environment. Dr Faruqi will host a World Environment Day forum at 6pm at the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts focussed on conserving our Marine Environment, with speakers from the diving, sailing and nature conservancy community.
"Yesterday, on the eve of World Environment Day, I stood with hundreds of people outside the Environment Ministers office, calling on the Government to cancel the special conditions granted to Whitehaven coal to clear the Leard State Forest over winter, and stop the onslaught on our native wildlife.
"This year's World Environment Day theme is 'Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level' and is an urgent reminder of the need to combat climate change, end the CSG and coal rush and transition to an 100% renewable energy economy.
Greens NSW MP and Transport spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has called the announcement of the light rail route in Newcastle further confirmation that the truncation of the rail line is more about property development than public transport. Newcastle residents will hold a community rally to protest the decision next Wednesday (28/5/2014) at 12pm outside NSW Parliament.
"When Minister Goward talks about opening up significant areas of the rail corridor for public use, I find it highly unlikely she means parks or public infrastructure.
"Where is the consultation report that contains the supposed endorsement of this route? Today's announcement is just a coloured line on a map, with no mention of where all the associated infrastructure will be placed.
"People's suspicions that this is just a land grab for property developers could be coming to fruition.
"It is clear they are now fast-tracking the process to make the removal of the rail tracks a fait acompli before the next election.
"It is highly offensive that that public infrastructure like Newcastle port was sold to pay for ripping up rail lines that the community wants and needs.
The Coalition's determination to push ahead with burning native forests for power shows nothing has changed despite NSW having a new premier, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.
Commenting on the defeat of an Upper House disallowance motion to overturn the Coalition's native forestry biomass regulation, Dr Kaye said: "The Coalition and their allies on the conservative crossbench have made sure that this state's native forests are now open to a new source of exploitation.
"As the market for Australia's native forest wood chips is collapsing, the Baird government had the perfect opportunity to end the destruction of critical habitat and the millions of dollars of subsidies that pour into the industry each year.