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Labor's energy agenda.

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MEDIA RELEASE Senator Chris Evans Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Shadow Minister for National Development,

Resources and Energy

17 July 2007


In a speech today to the Australian Energy and Utility Summit in Sydney, Senator Chris Evans placed energy security at the forefront of Labor’s Energy agenda.

Labor believes that reliable and affordable energy supplies are a key element of Australia’s security, prosperity and competitiveness. Having a diverse range of energy sources helps secure our economic future, particularly given the challenges of climate change.

We believe that our future energy mix should be based on clean gas and coal, geothermal, solar, wind and other renewable sources. Our natural environment has enormous potential for renewable energy.

Labor is leading the way with our $500million National Clean Coal Initiative, policies around solar technology and assisting with the cost of geothermal drilling.

We have consistently argued for the introduction of an emissions trading scheme, a substantial increase in the Mandatory Renewable Energy Target and measures to put our fossil fuel assets on a sustainable footing.

The Howard Government can’t lead on climate change, because they refuse to set emission reduction targets. The Government’s failure to set a target is a fundamental flaw in their approach to climate change.

It is also vitally important that our renewable energy sector is supported with a Mandatory Renewable Energy Target in order to develop new technology and drive new innovation.

Labor’s energy agenda stands in stark contrast to the Howard Government’s pursuit of a nuclear industry in Australia.

At the next election, people will have a clear choice between the Howard Government’s nuclear obsession and Labor’s plan for clean and secure energy.

Media contact: Bruce Campbell-Fraser 08 94814844; 0400 654 400