September 3 2010
Media release September 3 2010
Climate Bill becomes law
Environmental organisation Friends of the Earth (FoE) has welcomed today's vote in the Victorian parliament that saw the Climate Change Bill formally adopted.
â€œThis is a significant Bill which has the potential to stabilise and then drive down our greenhouse emissions, while also creating certainty for investors and industry, and many new jobs across the state,â€ said FoE campaigns co-ordinator Cam Walker.
â€œThe job yield from the Bill and Climate Change White Paper will be substantialâ€.
â€œWe appreciate that while some concerns were raised by the Coalition they supported the passage of the Billâ€.
â€œThis legislation, which was first promised in 2006, has been a long time coming. The legislation passed today is stronger than what was contained in earlier versions of the Billâ€.
â€œIn spite of the lack of federal leadership on the issue, or a global agreement on climate, Victoria has taken another significant move that will allow us to start to reduce our emissionsâ€.
â€œThe government has already indicated that it will act quickly to implement the measures contained in the Bill and the Climate Change White Paper and we urge them to do so. We also call on the Premier to intervene and rule out any further coal developments in the state, such as the proposed HRL coal fired power station. The proponents of the HRL development are currently re writing their application, in the hope they can bring their average emissions below the new emissions intensity levels enshrined in the Billâ€.
â€œWe wish to congratulate the many MPs, advisers, and departmental officials who worked hard to deliver this legislationâ€.
Further comment: Cam Walker 0419 338 047