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Labor must not allow Abbott's slash and burn Renewable Energy Target

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The Australian Greens

Media Release 27 May 2015

Labor must not allow Abbott’s slash and burn Renewable Energy Target

The Australian Greens are calling on Labor to abandon its deal to cut the Renewable Energy Target, which was introduced to parliament today and allows for the burning of native forests.

“This is Bill Shorten’s first big test on the environment, and it’s time to walk away from this deal. Burning native trees is not renewable energy,” said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

“This deal is bad for the climate, bad for jobs, and a disaster for the environment.

“Is Labor really going to help the government commit this environmental and economic vandalism?”

Greens Deputy Leader and climate spokesperson Larissa Waters said the rest of the world will be shaking its head in dismay and frustration.

“Attempting to meet a weakened renewable energy target by burning native forests will further erode our international reputation and cement Australia as a climate pariah,” Senator Waters said.

“This deal would undermine genuine renewable energy projects that cut pollution, build the clean economy and create sustainable jobs,” said Greens industry spokesperson Adam Bandt.

“The jobs of the 21st Century are in the renewable energy sector, not in cutting down and burning up our native forests.”

“If allowed to go through, this hasty deal could take away the value of our native forests for generations to come,” concluded Greens forests spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

Media contact: Jennifer Faerber 0438 376 082