GREENS candidate for New England Pat Schultz has outlined the party’s ambitious plans to make NSW’s electricity supply 100 per cent renewable within 15 years.
Ms Schultz was joined in Armidale on the weekend by Greens NSW MP John Kaye, who told a meeting there were “tens of thousands of jobs” that could be created in the region from a renewable energy industry.
“NSW does not need coal, gas or native forest habitat destruction to keep the lights on and run a healthy economy,” Dr Kaye said.
Ms Schutlz said the federal election was “make or break for the climate and for jobs in New England”.
“By voting Greens in New England voters can say they want real action on climate change, more energy efficiency and investment in renewables and no coal seam gas or burning forests for electricity,” she said.
“The planet is running out of time to exit fossil fuels and take the pressure off the climate.
“Gas is an expensive and dangerous distraction. Substituting gas for coal would at best cut NSW’s electricity industry’s emissions by 50 per cent but on a global scale that is nowhere near enough to stop runaway climate change.”
“The grip of the coal and gas industries on the political process has to be broken and neither Kevin Rudd nor Tony Abbott is prepared to do it,” he said.
“The stark choice between coal seam gas mining and solar power should remind voters of what is at stake in the federal election,” Dr Kaye said.