On the first sitting day of the Victorian Parliament for 2014, Yes 2 Renewables supporters gathered on the steps to distribute a Citizens Briefing to politicians. We were joined by members of Darebin Climate Action Now, Yarra Climate Action Now and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.
Government politicians are ill-advised on wind energy. If they advisors can’t get it right then it’s up to citizens to brief them properly. Our briefing debunked the myths surrounding wind energy. Collating research from authoritative energy analysts and public health experts, the Citizens Briefing shows wind energy is clean, safe, and valuable sector to develop in Victoria.
Over three hours we managed to distribute 250 Citizens Briefings to politicians, staffers and journalists. Notable recipients of our briefing include Deputy Premier Peter Ryan, Planning Minister Matthew Guy (the minister responsible for the anti-wind farm laws), Andrew Katos (South Barwon MP), and Clem Newton-Brown (Prahran MP).
Leader of the Victorian Greens Greg Barber dropped by to see what we had on offer for Coalition MPs. Barber is a strong supporter of wind energy so we encouraged him to pass the Citizens Briefing on to Coalition MPs.
Labor’s energy spokesperson Lily D’Ambrosio joined the Yes 2 Renewables crew to discuss options for encouraging community wind farm development and getting Victoria back on track with renewable energy.
Yes 2 Renewables will contact Coalition MPs to see whether our Citizens’ Briefing has encouraged them to reconsider the party’s stance on wind farms. The government’s current position has already cost Victoria jobs, income for farmers, and action on climate change.
Perhaps our briefing will lead to Coalition politicians adopting a more progressive position on renewable energy and wind farms for the 2014 election. Polling shows a massive 71 per cent of Coalition voters supporting more wind farms, so a shift on wind energy would align the party’s position with the views of Coalition voters.
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