Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today called on state Premiers to reject the NEG deal at tomorrow’s COAG meeting, which now includes a slush fund for coal. Mr Bandt said that if states roll over and support the NEG, they’ll be betraying renewable energy.
“A NEG deal that includes a bag of cash for coal spells death for renewables,” said Mr Bandt.
“The NEG obliterates investment in renewable energy, so a NEG with a coal fund attached will be even worse.
“The government has not modelled the impact of this coal slush fund on the NEG and they must immediately release updated figures showing how much this will increase pollution, hurt renewables and lift electricity prices.
“Daniel Andrews and his state counterparts must hold the line against the NEG. If they don’t, the Greens will make sure everyone in inner-Melbourne knows about it.
“Dishing out public money for coal is like the government giving away asbestos and the States shouldn’t have a bar of it.”