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Australian Labor Party delegates vote for 50 per cent renewable energy plan

ballot-boxSmLabor supports higher renewables target Delegates at the ALP national conference have passed a motion to aspire to a 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030. SBS News  25 JUL 2015 AUSTRALIA SHOULD BE ASPIRING TO A TARGET OF 50 PER CENT RENEWABLE ENERGY BY 2030, LABOR SAYS.

Climate action groups rallied in support as a motion to increase the target was passed by delegates at the ALP national conference in Melbourne on Saturday.

“Labor will take a 50 per cent goal for renewable energy by 2030 to the election … because we know renewable energy will be a central part, not just of Australia’s energy system, but of our industrial and jobs base as well,” opposition climate change spokesman Mark Butler said………

“Labor will take an emissions trading scheme to the 2016 election, because we know that a legal cap on carbon pollution that reduces over time in accordance with our international commitments is the only serious way to deal with carbon emissions,” he said.

A further motion, moved by Bill Shorten, called for a future Labor government to bring the climate change and electricity portfolios together into one ministry.

The government would work with unions and industry to minimise any cost impact from the emissions trading scheme to households and business.

It would also ensure any power plant closures or scale-backs are managed properly, including the retraining or redeployment of workers and help for affected communities as they adjust to changes.

Mr Shorten said the resolution was based on an economic and environmental program for Australia’s future.

“The rest of the world recognises the role of renewable energy but it falls to this party, I believe, to win the debate in Australian politics about our energy mix,” he said.

“By putting this proposition forward in the community, by working with the community, we will restore confidence and renewable energy investment.”


July 27, 2015 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics

1 Comment »

  1. Great news for AU and the Planet!


    Comment by CaptD | July 27, 2015 | Reply

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