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Gas and oil debate ignores Western Australia’s solar potential

Debate around gas and oil development and the implications of Labor's Northern Territory tax plan misses the main question about Western Australia's energy future, The Greens said today.

"While the Premier attacks the Prime Minister for supposedly threatening his gas ambitions, and Kevin Rudd talks about making Perth an oil and gas headquarters, both Labor and the Liberals are ignoring Western Australia's huge solar potential," said Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam.

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Ban on fracking needed in WA urgently as Parliamentary inquiry is yet to begin

A moratorium must be placed on hydraulic gas fracking at least until a Parliamentary inquiry on the impact of fracking on land and groundwater is completed, the Greens warned today.

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam welcomed the news the State Parliament will conduct the inquiry, but said it would be "reckless to allow fracking to continue when the Government admits it doesn't know what damage it can cause".

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Barnett’s solar re-think must extend to the big picture

The Australian Greens have welcomed the WA Government's more reasoned approach to solar feed-in-tariffs, while warning Mr Barnett must recognise that renewable energy is the way forward for WA.

"Congratulations to the thousands of Western Australians who stood up to Mr Barnett and made him realise that he couldn't break a promise to electricity customers," Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said.

"Now it's time for Mr Barnett to see the bigger picture.

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Greens take stand against nuclear after MacTiernan’s unwelcome conversion

With Japanese Authorities declaring the worsening situation at Fukushima an "emergency", Labor candidate for Perth Alannah MacTiernan has made a baffling pitch for nuclear power to stay in contention for Australia's energy mix.

"The nuclear industry is falling apart worldwide in the wake of Fukushima, the global financial crisis, uncontrollable costs, and overwhelming competition from renewable energy," Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said today. Senator Ludlam will debate Ms MacTiernan tonight in Perth.

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We convinced Labor and Mr Barnett on light rail; that leaves Mr Abbott – Greens

Greens spokesperson for sustainable cities, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, says now Colin Barnett has accepted the Greens-led push to build light rail in Perth, the Greens will maintain pressure to ensure Federal funds flow to the project.

"How awkward; Colin Barnett's WA Government Budget today assumes the realisation of May 2013 Federal Labor commitment for $500 million rail in Perth - and yet Mr Abbott has famously ruled out funding any urban rail if he is elected," Senator Ludlam said.

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WA’s Goldfields could be a renewable energy world leader under Greens plan

Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam was in Kalgoorlie today convening a meeting of business and industry leaders to plan the Goldfields' renewable energy future.

Senator Ludlam organised the meeting with leading American solar energy company SolarReserve, the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the local Chamber of Minerals and Energy, and other interested parties.

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Clean energy advocates celebrate while nuclear lobby holds wake in Fremantle

While nuclear power is in retreat around the globe, advocates of clean energy had ‘Better Things To Do' than protest the Uranium Conference held in Fremantle today - attending the 'Better Things To Do' renewable energy industry breakfast.

"There's a reason the Australian Uranium Conference shrinks year on year. Nuclear power is in retreat across the globe. Electricity generation from nuclear power plants dropped by a historic seven per cent in 2012, adding to the then record drop of four per cent in 2011," said Senator Scott Ludlam.

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Solar panel users save everyone money: Don’t punish them

Increasing the fixed costs of electricity because of the success of solar panels punishes people for saving WA taxpayers $100,000 per megawatt, the Greens warned today.

Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said the Barnett Government had "lost the plot on electricity pricing".

"Western Australians have rightly been encouraged to take up solar panels. Now the State Government complains that as a result they're not able to squeeze as much money out of people as they'd prefer - so they'll increase the fixed cost for electricity supply. It's beyond belief."

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