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12 Month Energy Talkfest Straight from 'Yes Minister'

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

A 12 month talkfest is not what Tasmania needs in the middle of an energy crisis. We need action and leadership and we need it now.

Minister Groom has picked a crop of people he already oversees to head up a Taskforce, who will take a year to “independently” evaluate our energy security needs. This is straight from the script of 'Yes Minister'.

Premier Hodgman Failing to Protect Science Jobs

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Climate Change spokesperson

With the Turnbull Government axing potentially more than 100 Tasmanian CSIRO jobs, it's reasonable to ask whether the Premier is doing anything to stand up for local scientists and protect Tasmania's reputation as a global climate science hub.

The marine and atmospheric science division of CSIRO in Hobart is set to shed some of the world's most respected scientific minds and yet we haven't heard a squeak of protest from the Premier or his Liberal colleagues.

Generating a New Renewable Wave

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

The Tasmanian Greens have released the second part of their Energy Strategy for Tasmania. Generating a New Renewable Wave is a blueprint for securing market investment in the renewable future.

Generating a New Renewable Wave focuses on how we can secure investment in medium and large-scale renewable generation. A central part of this plan will be the establishment of RenewTAS, an independent statutory authority.

Tasmanian Greens Energy Strategy: Vision and Targets

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

The Tasmanian Greens have released the vision and targets of their Tasmanian Energy Strategy, which focuses on much needed investment in renewables.

The release of the vision and targets is the first of the full four-part strategy that will also address large-scale generation, transport, and energy savings for Tasmanian households.

Drought Relief Welcome, Longer Term Planning Needed

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Climate spokesperson

The Tasmanian Greens welcome Minister Rockliff's announcement of financial relief for drought stricken Tasmanian farmers but we also want to see this government recognise that hotter, drier conditions are becoming the new 'normal' and longer term planning is needed.

The $10M loan fund will provide some relief for farmers who are suffering the economic and emotional consequences of drought but it won't help our producers adapt to increasingly frequent climate-related dry conditions.

Basslink Wake-up Call

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

The Basslink fault is a wake-up call for the government. It shows just how reliant we’ve become on importing coal-fired power from Victoria, and how vulnerable we are because of it.

As much as 40% of our electricity has come via Basslink in recent months, and there’s clearly no plan in place for a secure, clean energy capacity.

Brown Coal Power Imports Staggering and Shameful

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson 

The high levels of dirty energy Tasmania is importing this summer is putting our clean green brand in jeopardy. The latest figures from Hydro are that up to 50% of Tasmania’s power is now coming from Victorian coal-fired power stations.

At the moment Tasmania's energy security comes mostly from water stored in dams, but we’re a long way from being 100% secure.

Thousands Rally in Hobart for Climate Action

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Climate Change spokesperson

Thousands of Tasmanians who travelled from all corners of the State rallied in Hobart for climate action in the lead up to this week's Climate Summit in Paris.

This should be a wake up call for the Hodgman government which has ripped up Tasmania's ClimateSmart strategy and continues to subsidise the emissions-intensive native forest logging industry.

The science tells us that protecting the vast stores of carbon in Tasmania's forests must be part of our response to climate disruption.

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