Big energy companies have sought to "open up" Victoria to onshore gas drilling and fracking--putting prime farmland and water resources at risk. Regional communities around the state have said "no" to risky unconventional gas extraction. Some 67 regional towns have locked the gate on the industry, declaring themselves coal and gasfield free.
On the other side of the coin, the Federal government has sabotaged our renewable energy sector by cutting the national Renewable Energy Target by 20%. The federal government's attack on renewables has resulted in a 90% decrease in investment and 2,500 people losing their jobs.
Over the coming months the Andrews government will make decisions that will affect both of these key issues.
It will decide on whether to permanently ban risky onshore gas drilling and fracking. It will also decide on the level of ambition of Victoria's Renewable Energy Targets for 2020 and 2025.
We need the Andrews government to stand with the community on unconventional gas and renewable energy.
The government can ban onshore gas drilling and put an end to the uncertainty hanging over communities. They can also set ambitious and achievable Victorian Renewable Energy Targets (30% by 2020 and 50% by 2025) to see more wind farms and solar built, grow jobs, and cut pollution.
With your help, we can secure a good outcome!
We're calling on supporters like you to take action. By taking three simple steps, you can let your local member of parliament know you support a ban on unconventional gas, and want to see renewable energy ambition.
Write to your MP. You can put these critical issues on your local MP's agenda by sending an email. All you need to do is let them know that these energy-related issues are important to you. And that you want the government to make decisions that are good for communities and our environment.
Write a letter to the editor. Write a letter of support for a ban on fracking and ambitious targets to grow renewables to your local paper or the Herald Sun, for example.
- Organise a meeting your MP. Call your local MP's electorate office staff to arrange a meeting and discuss the issues in person.
By taking these simple steps you can have your say on key issues that will impact our energy future and environment. And, importantly, you'll demonstrate to a key decision maker that his constituents are watching and want a good outcome that sees Victoria develop a clean renewable energy industry rather than a polluting one.
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