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Senator Christine Milne standing firm against change to RET that will benefit big polluters

Milne-Chris-smGreens leader stands against aluminium sector The Examiner By DANIEL McCULLOCH Oct. 8, 2014 GREENS leader Christine Milne has ramped up calls against offering aluminium smelters a full exemption from the Renewable Energy Target amid mounting support for the move among her political opponents.

Federal Coalition and Labor MPs are expected to enter negotiations over the future of the target later this week, after the Clean Energy Council backed calls to exclude the aluminium sector.

The renewable energy industry body said it would support a full exemption if it would guarantee bipartisan support for the RET and restored stability to the renewable energy and aluminium industries.

Their support follows backing for a full exemption from the Australian Workers Union, and has been mooted as making a deal on the scheme’s future between the political foes almost certain.

Senator Milne said she was disappointed by the council’s intervention. ‘‘To cave in to government pressures and the big polluters is frankly pathetic,’’ she said.

Senator Milne urged the Labor Party not to ‘‘brown down’’ the scheme by excluding big electricity users, saying the move would completely undermine the target’s purpose………

Senator Milne urged a different approach to the better-than-expected RET progress.

‘‘There is absolutely no doubt there is a surplus across the Australian energy sector,’’ she said.

‘‘That’s why its the best opportunity we’ve ever had to shut down coal-fired generation.’’

October 8, 2014 - Posted by | General News

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