Posted May 30, 2019 07:13:50The Greens have long been an outspoken critic of the state government’s energy policy and say it is putting the health and wellbeing of the community at risk.
But the Greens are taking a different tack in a major energy-rich regional electorate.
Key points:The Greens want the NSW Government to take a new approach to managing energy and climate change in the stateKey points Greens leader James Shaw is spearheading a push for a more environmentally friendly energy futureThe Greens believe the government needs to put a priority on climate change and energy storage to address its climate change challengesThe Greens are calling for the NSW government to put energy storage at the forefront of its energy plansThe Greens say the energy storage sector needs to be more closely monitored and monitored to ensure the technology and processes are not compromising the environment and people’s health and well-being.
In a statement on Monday, Mr Shaw said he was spearheading the Greens’ campaign for a new energy future.
“The NSW Government’s current energy policy is failing to adequately address climate change, the impacts of climate change on health and the impacts on the economy,” he said.
“Our energy future will be determined by a sustainable energy economy and a resilient, healthy and prosperous NSW.”‘
A new way forward’The Greens plan to push for more environmentally-friendly energy technologies.
The Greens would like to see the state and NSW Governments take a fresh approach to energy storage, which is the process of storing energy in the form of batteries or pumped hydroelectric dams.
“We believe that the current approach to storing energy is fundamentally flawed and that it is not taking climate change seriously,” Mr Shaw told ABC News.
“What we’re proposing is a new way of thinking about energy storage and the way it should be managed, and that’s where our support comes in.”
The Greens and the Liberals have been allies in the energy sector for many years.
Mr Shaw and Mr Palaszczuk are the only Greens politicians to have held senior roles in NSW government.
In recent years, the Greens have increasingly been critical of the Liberal-National Government’s energy policies, which have included a carbon tax and an energy efficiency package.
The energy minister, Peter Dutton, said the NSW Liberals would be taking the Greens advice on the matter.
“There is a lot of discussion in the Greens about the impact on climate and the health of the people in NSW, particularly the people living in the northern suburbs, and the NSW Premier has been clear that he wants to see NSW take a more sensible approach to the issue,” he told ABC Radio.
“I think that there are a lot more voices that the Greens would support to address climate and energy issues, but I’m not aware of a whole lot of other groups that are as committed to climate change as the Greens.”‘
Sensible approach’A NSW Greens spokesman, David Kipp, said: “There are a number of reasons why the state is in a much better position to address the climate change threat.”
If the government really wanted to address this challenge, they would have invested in clean energy, not just renewables.
“It’s a much simpler and fairer way of doing it.”
To do that, they should look at the impacts to the environment, the health impact and the financial impacts of the carbon tax.
“They should be more sensible in their approach.”
Mr Kipp said the Greens also supported a carbon price in the wake of the Paris climate accord.
The NSW Greens have a history of supporting renewable energy and the state’s energy storage.
The Greens believe energy storage is key to reducing climate change.
“Sustainable energy systems that can store energy in a reliable way, and provide a low cost, reliable solution to a high energy demand scenario will be the answer to tackling climate change,” Mr Kipp told ABC TV.
“This is where the Greens stand on the issue.”
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