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Abbott govt's RET cut fails the community: Look to the states for renewable energy leadership

Late last night, the Abbott government's push to cut the Renewable Energy Target -- the central plank of national renewable energy policy -- passed the Senate.

"The Prime Minister's decision to slash the national Renewable Energy Target by 20 per cent means 3,680 less jobs by 2020," said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth's renewable energy spokesperson.

Prime Minister Abbott’s wind energy rhetoric out of step with medical experts

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has strayed beyond his area of expertise by lending weight to unsubstantiated claims wind energy is linked to adverse health impacts.

This morning, Prime Minister told radio host Alan Jones he finds wind farms “visually disturbing” and believes they may have “potential health impacts.”

Don't open the gate to unconventional gas drilling in Victoria

The Victorian government's promised Inquiry into Unconventional Gas has now been formally announced. Public hearings start in Gippsland on June 30.

We have until July 10 to get submissions in.

RET announcement devastating for jobs, investment, climate action

Friends of the Earth is deeply disappointed that the Abbott government's refusal to back renewable energy has lead to today's outcome on the Renewable Energy target (RET).

"Today, the Abbott government has agreed to cut the Renewable Energy Target by 20 percent. This means less clean energy, less jobs, and less investment for Australia," says Friends of the Earth's Yes 2 Renewables coordinator, Leigh Ewbank.

"2,500 renewable energy jobs have been lost on PM Tony Abbott's watch. This cut to the RET means 3,680 less jobs by 2020."

Support FoE and support green energy at the same time.

With the continued attempts by the federal government to undermine the Renewable Energy Target (RET), we need to stay focused on federal politics to ensure the best possible policy environment for the uptake of renewable power.

Activists call on BHP Billiton to Abandon Borneo Coal Mines

Melbourne, 26 May 2015Activists today attempted to unfurl a giant banner in BHP Billiton headquarters containing the names of over 9,000 people who are calling for the company to abandon its plans to build a series of coal mines in some of the last remaining stands of primary rainforest in Indonesian Borneo. The banner – measuring 12 square metres – was to be hung in the foyer of BHP Billiton’s head offices in Melbourne, but was quickly confiscated by BHP Billiton security (image of banner available below).

Another blockage removed from RET negotiations. But biomass still a deal breaker.

Friends of the Earth release. May 18, 2015.

The year long standoff between the Coalition and the renewable energy sector is finally over, with common sense prevailing, and the Coalition withdrawing its demand for regular reviews of the target.

New Report highlights gulf between renewable and fossil fuel financing

ANZ confirmed as Australia’s biggest fossil fuel lender


Melbourne, 18 June 2015: A new report from Market Forces shines a light for the first time on Australian banks’ financing of the fossil fuel industry and the disparity between lending to ‘clean’ and ‘dirty’ energy.

French banks rule out funding Galilee coal exports

Three major French banks have announced they will not fund the mega coal mines proposed in the Galilee Basin, or associated infrastructure such as the new coal export terminals at Abbot Point.

BNP Paribas, Societe Generale, and Credit Agricole have issued statements that bring to eleven the number of international banks that have spoken out against the prospect of funding mega-coal mines in the Galilee Basin or new export terminals in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Protect the Renewable Energy Target

The federal government continues to try and destroy the renewable Energy Target. So far the ALP has refused to do a deal to reduce the current RET, and the Greens firmly oppose any deal.

It’s vital that the community remind the PM that there is overwhelming support for renewable energy, and that most people want more, not less renewables. Recent polling on the RET shows that more than 88% of Australians would like to see the Renewable Energy Target either increase or remain at the current level of 41,000 GWh.


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