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Rudd confused by Australian gas market - Greens

The Australian Greens have rebuked the Prime Minister for suggesting coal seam gas could help lower electricity prices in Australia.

"Extracting more gas won't reduce its price any more than digging up more gold reduces the gold price," said Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"Kevin Rudd is confused by the basics on coal seam gas in Australia. Increased production will have zero impact on electricity prices because the industry is geared up to export it out of Queensland.

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Greens and Farmers Join Forces Against Coal Seam Gas

The Australian Greens and NSW farmer Penny Blatchford are calling on the old parties to support the Greens' campaign to give landholders the right to say no to coal seam gas mining on their land.

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said Tony Abbott, Warren Truss and Julia Gillard were refusing to stand up for landholders who don't want coal seam gas mining on their land.

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Labor ignores science and community to side with CSG companies

Minister Gary Gray's speech to the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association in Brisbane today should leave Australians with no doubt that Labor is putting the big mining companies ahead of communities and the climate.

"Minister Gray points to the 3,780 agreements signed between landholders and the industry as a 'win-win' for farmers and mining companies," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

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The Energy Savings Agency

Making our energy system fairer, cheaper and cleaner

Our electricity system is in bad shape. Power bills have skyrocketed in recent years, mainly because of unnecessary investment in new poles and wires.

More than one million Australians have invested in solar panels on their homes and businesses, but many of them aren't being paid fairly for the clean power they produce.

Meanwhile, huge opportunities to save energy and reduce ‘peak' electricity demand have been ignored.

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Greens Say No to Coal Seam Gas

Senator Christine Milne today announced the Australian Greens policy for no new coal seam gas and empowering land holders to say no to coal seam gas on their land.

"The Greens are the only party standing up to the big coal seam gas mining companies who are threatening our precious water, valuable farmland and global climate," Greens Leader Senator Milne said.

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Gillard Government wastes $768 million on supporting fossil fuel industry

The Australian Greens today released new costings from the Parliamentary Budget Office that show the Gillard Government's carbon capture and storage (CCS) initiatives will cost the public $768 million over the next four years.

"It makes no sense to waste millions in taxpayer dollars promoting the illusion of 'clean coal' - when after years of rhetoric there is still no coal-fired power station capturing carbon pollution and storing it underground," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

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Greens find extra $2.8 billion from gold in MRRT

New costings from the Parliamentary Budget Office reveal that the mining tax revenue is worse than previously thought - lower commodity prices have plunged forecast revenue by $3.5 billion since MYEFO in October last year.

The new costings show that we can raise an additional $26.2 billion over the next four years by increasing the tax rate to 40%, plugging the loopholes in the MRRT and including all minerals that make super profits.

Including gold in the MRRT would generate an extra $2.8 billion, making up for the shortfall from the declining commodity price.

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Put mining tax on the table to raise revenue

The Australian Greens call on the Prime Minister to explain why she has put all options on the table to raise revenue except the most obvious one - the mining tax.

"Julia Gillard, Wayne Swan and Penny Wong need to explain why the resources giants are being treated with kid gloves and shielded from any tax increase, while the community is being asked to foot the bill for the budget black hole," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said today.

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