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Originally posted by CitizenNum287119327
Voting has merits. if you don't exercise your right to vote, you don't really have the right to whinge about what the elected party do.
MINING OUR WAY TO A RENEWABLE ENERGY FUTURE
10th July 2010 1:56 pm
Like most of us in the South West I’ve watched in frustration as our State and Federal governments pursue a range of controversial mining projects across the region; from the oil and gas exploration off our coast to coal mining in our backyard and bauxite mining in our state forests. Successive State and Federal governments have shown that mining is their number one focus and all other interests are secondary to this. While mining can make a valuable contribution to our regional economy, it shouldn’t come at the expense of other businesses or more importantly our environment and quality of life.
Our oil and gas reserves won’t last forever. There is acceptance in the oil and gas sector that reserves are being depleted; it is what drives companies take the huge economic and environmental risk to extract oil deep on the ocean floor. Instead of acknowledging this inescapable fact and investing in transition away from fossil fuels, Australia is doing the exact opposite – trying to shore up our dependence for just that little bit longer, and in doing so taking us down a dead end road. In light of the Gulf of Mexico tragedy, President Obama is making it clear – the age of fossil fuels is over, the United States will transition to a renewable energy economy. By contrast; in Australia, our government announced 31 new off-shore exploration leases with a goal to extending our dependence on fossil fuels.
Blaming mining companies for exploiting the current rules of the game will get us nowhere – we need these companies to help us create a future based on renewable energy technologies built on lithium, nickel, silicon and a range of other vital minerals. Instead, we need to change the rules of the game to give the mining sector clear direction – we don’t want mining in our sensitive environmental areas or priority agricultural lands; we don’t want to expand mining of fossil fuels. At the same time we need to steer our nation toward a more diverse economy by directing investment into new industries that will power the renewable energy age.
The Greens are the only party championing the move to a renewable energy economy and resisting moves to further entrench our fossil fuel industries. If you believe in this vision there is a Federal election imminent – you know what to do.
Greens Candidate for Forrest
I did the underlining and bolding
Originally posted by ghostsoldier
I've become a political news junkie lately