Last chance to protect clean energy funding


Angus Taylor's roadmap is a path to climate destruction. He'll pollute our only clean energy agencies – unless the senate stops him.Can you take five minutes to make a submission to the Senate Inquiry – and ask them to protect our clean energy agencies?

It's official – the Morrison government has unveiled its latest plan to undermine clean energy.1

Last week the government announced its "roadmap" to climate destruction – opening up Australia's two key clean energy agencies to fossil fuels and unproven carbon capture and storage.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will have its funding stripped back and diverted away from renewables while the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is being pushed to fund fracking and gas pipelines.2

If Morrison has his way, the government will sacrifice millions of renewable jobs to prop up last century's dying technologies.

But his plans have already hit a snag. Angus Taylor's legislation has been referred to a Senate Committee for scrutiny – and with enough community opposition we can sway the Committee in our favour and build support for a showdown in the Senate.

To make that happen, we've built a simple tool so you can voice your concerns – directly to the committee – on these dangerous changes to clean energy funding. But submissions close tomorrow.

Will you make a submission to the Senate Committee to fight back against Morrison's climate-wrecking plans?

Make a Submission!

The CEFC is a publicly-owned Green Bank driving billions of dollars of investment in Australia's clean energy future.

Alongside ARENA, the CEFC has funded cutting-edge solar research, the uptake of electric vehicle networks, world-leading battery projects, and clean, affordable power for remote communities.

But Angus Taylor's proposal brings with it dangerous changes that would sabotage the agency's good work. Crucially, the Bill would expand the CEFC's mandate to allow investment in more fracking and gas pipelines, which would make meeting our targets under the Paris Agreement impossible.

The changes to the CEFC would also reduce its independence by granting Energy Minister Angus Taylor new powers to order investment in polluting gas even if the projects lose money.

It's a backward step for Australian clean energy, and a blank cheque for the gas lobby. But if we speak up and show the committee just how unpopular these changes are, we can persuade the Senate to vote against this dangerous legislation.

Tell the Senate to reject the changes and stop the Morrison government's pollution of clean energy.

The Senate has blocked attempts to abolish our clean energy agencies before – and it can do it again. This Committee has the power to put the government's claims about affordability, jobs, and emissions under a microscope.

But if we want the Senate to fight for our clean energy agencies, they need to know how much they mean to everyday people.

That's why we're taking the rare step of getting thousands of members to make their own submission to the Committee – so the outcry is too loud to ignore. But today is our last chance to act – will you raise your voice?

For the future,

Ed, Oliver, Charlie, Alix, and Rafi – for the GetUp team

[1] Coalition to divert renewable energy funding away from wind and solar, The Guardian, 17 September 2020.
[2] Taylor expands clean energy fund's remit to fire up gas-led recovery, The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 August 2020.
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