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TransCanada to sue US Government over Keystone decision putting global climate action at risk

26 Jun 2016

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson says the decision by TransCanada to sue the United States Government for $15 billion in damages using the Investor-State Dispute settlement provisions in NAFTA over the Keystone pipeline decision puts global climate action at risk and also serves as a warning for Australia to not ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Senator Whish-Wilson says, “The chickens are coming home to roost with these ISDS provisions. A fossil fuel company who was refused planning permission is using a clause in a trade deal to undermine a decision made in the public interest.

“This will send chills down the spines of government’s around the world that are seeking to act on climate change. These Trojan horse clauses in trade deals are undermining democracy and undermining the world’s ability to seek a safe climate.

 

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Greens to invest in Antarctic Science. It's time to remove the world’s blindfold as we face climate change

26 Jun 2016

Greens spokesperson for Antarctica, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has today released the most comprehensive Antarctic science funding package ever put forward by a political party.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The work of Australia’s Antarctic scientists is pivotal in understand the risk of climate change. Nothing shows this more than the recent discovery that the East Antarctic ice-sheet giant isn’t as stable as we thought and is now starting to collapse. This alone could potentially add several metres to catastrophic sea-level rise.

“Without understanding Antarctica we can’t hope to better predict the droughts, fires and floods that have plagued Tasmania over this unprecedented summer. The work of our Antarctic scientists is central to how we manage our economy over the coming years and decades and our investment in Antarctic science should reflect this.

“On top of cuts to CSIRO, the funding for the Antarctic Ecosystems and Climate Cooperative Research Centre and the Antarctic Gateway Partnership runs out in the coming years without any sign it will be renewed by the major parties.

 

 

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Greens welcome UTAS funding announcement

24 Jun 2016

Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on the UTAS funding announcement today.

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