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"Flaky" Abbott must back off RET

The Australian Greens say Tony Abbott is actively leading Australia down a dark and dangerous path to suffering from global warming.

"On the international stage our Prime Minister is seen as ‘flaky'," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"Respected British economist Lord Nicholas Stern has seen fit to say that this government's actions show it's not serious about climate change."

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Game over for coal seam gas

The Australian Greens are calling to halt unconventional gas extraction right across the country after the contamination of groundwater from Santos' operation in north-western NSW.

"20 times the safe limit of uranium in the water there. That's a shocking finding that demonstrates the extreme danger to communities posed by coal seam gas extraction," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"The community has been told endlessly that there will be no contamination of aquifers, but now there is proof.

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Only Greens can stop CSG rush under Abbott

The Australian Greens are the only party you can trust to stop Tony Abbott fast tracking the coal seam gas (CSG) industry if he wins the election on Saturday.

Yesterday the Coalition resources spokesman Ian Macfarlane reportedly said the domestic gas issue would be one of his top three priorities if the Coalition was elected, saying we should get the CSG industry going and it should be sorted by no later than Christmas. See the report here.

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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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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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Greens write to PM: Fund measurement of CSG leakage now

After years of calling for independent measurement of how much gas leaks to the atmosphere from coal seam gas fields, and following the Government's refusal to include climate impacts in the work plan of the independent expert panel on coal seam gas, the Greens are today writing to the Prime Minister and Minister for Climate Change calling on them to immediately fund a full field study.

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Coal seam gas worse for the climate than expected

 

The pollution from coal seam gas mining that drives global warming is likely to be at least double the current estimated levels, according to a new study released today by The Australia Institute.

 

This new information undermines the industry's claims to be a clean energy source and a transition fuel, and emphasises the need for Australia to move to established clean and renewable energy sources instead, such as wind and solar, which are already beginning to outcompete fossil fuels on pure economic grounds.

 

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Old parties vote to cover up coal seam gas emissions

A Government-commissioned study into the climate impacts of coal seam gas remains secret, after the Labor, Liberal and National parties today voted down a Greens motion to make the Wilkenfeld study public.

“The coal seam gas industry’s claims to be more climate-friendly than coal are being increasingly challenged by overseas scientific evidence, which is why we need Australian independent science into the real climate impacts of CSG,” Australian Greens environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters said.

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