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Gillard cuts solar energy programs to pay for flood damage

The Gillard Government has announced its plans for funding the reconstruction after this month’s devastating floods. These include a flood levy on taxpayers earning more than $50,000 and cuts to various government programs, many of which are related to cutting emissions and developing renewable energy. The Solar Energy Society has estimated that $495 million will be cut from solar energy programs.
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The irony here is inescapable. Ever-worsening and more frequent natural disasters are directly linked to human greenhouse gas emissions. Yet while the Federal Government continues subsidising fossil fuels – the cause of the problem – to the tune of billions of dollars per year, it cuts funding to the solutions – renewable energy and energy efficiency.
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Some of that money cut from renewable energy will probably go towards rebuilding coal export infrastructure.
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This is insanity. We continue to have proof that the big polluters call the shots with both major parties.
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A petition has been launched calling for the fossil fuel industry to pay for the clean up rather than taxpayers and the renewable energy industry – please sign it here – http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/tax-polluters-for-climate-disasters/

Please forward it to family and friends.