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INFLUENCE OF GAS INDUSTRY ON OUR UNIVERSITIES, STATE GOVERNMENT A BLOCKER FOR CLIMATE ACTION IN WA

Monday 2nd December, 2019

The Australian Greens have slammed a partnership between the University of Western Australia (UWA), and gas giants Chevron and Woodside - worth $600,000 per year - to expand WA's gas industry as inconsistent with the urgent need to respond to the climate crisis.

Senator for WA Jordon Steele-John said the partnership to "improve tiebacks" - connections between new oil and gas fields and existing production facilities - facilitated the expansion of a polluting industry right at the very moment we should be investing in ways to phase it out.

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Greens announce plans to Renew WA

More than 24,000 full-time jobs a year would be created in Western Australia under the Greens plan to rapidly transform Australia’s energy system to renewables by 2030.

Greens Leader, Senator Richard Di Natale said:

"Coal is the world’s biggest cause of climate change and Australia is the world’s biggest exporter of coal with 80 per cent of what we dig up being sent overseas to be burned. Unless we phase out coal, we can’t deal with climate change.

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