The Government's announcement today of $100 million per year for green cities taken from Clean Energy Finance Corporation, is its third attempt to rebadge existing CEFC funding while cutting $1.3 billion from ARENA and leaving fossil fuel subsidies untouched.
Greens Sustainable Cities spokesperson, Scott Ludlam, said:
"Green cities are a massive opportunity, not a cheap slogan. The Greens will continue to work for cleaner and more energy efficient neighbourhoods without the senseless sting in the tail that Mr Turnbull is inflicting today."
The Canning by-election is shaping up as a referendum on the Government’s performance on renewable energy and jobs, with both rated as more important in new ReachTel polling than Prime Minister Abbott’s preferred subject matter of war and terror.
“The ReachTel poll released today puts the writing on the wall for Prime Minister Abbott: jobs and clean energy rate higher for people living in Canning,” Senator Scott Ludlam said.
The importance of Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam's Energy 2029 100% renewable energy plan has been further underscored today by the release of The Energy Report - 100% Renewable Energy by 2050 by WWF and ANU.
"This WWF and ANU publication provides yet another report on tangible means for achieving a 100% renewable energy network, and for getting WA off the fossil treadmill," Senator Scott Ludlam said today.
Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam, former Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown and NZ Greens spokesperson for Energy Gareth Hughes MP united with key members of the WA renewable energy industry today to warn against an attack on renewable energy policy following Saturday's Federal election.
"Every time Tony Abbott opens his mouth he is costing WA jobs and investment," Scott Ludlam, Greens Senator for Western Australia said at a joint press conference.
Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam was in Collie today talking with locals about the Greens' plans for Collie as a renewable energy generation hub.
Senator Ludlam, who earlier this year released Energy 2029 - a costed, technical plan for how WA's main electricity grid could switch to 100% renewable energy generation - said Collie should be one of five regional Renewable Energy Zones as it had key attributes that made it the right place to generate renewable energy.
The Greens’ Clean Energy Roadmap outlines the policies we need to transition WA to 100 per cent renewable energy by the year 2029.
On conservative estimates, to transition WA’s south-west interconnected grid to renewables will create between 22,000 and 26,860 jobs. This is more than three times as many jobs as the current number of people employed in coal, oil and gas extraction in WA.
Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam has taken a strong stand against the Barnett Government’s solar swindle today, launching The Greens’ plan for an Energy Savings Agency to deliver Fair Pay for Solar in WA.