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The community 100% Renewable Campaign has welcomed the renewable energy commitments delivered by the carbon price package and called for them to be rolled out as soon as possible.

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Members of BREAZE, Moorabool Environment Group and Sustainable Hepburn Association and Australian Youth Climate Coalition met with our local MP, Catherine King today.

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At our recent training workshop for Regional Victoria we had over 20 participants from all across the state as well as people from South Australia and Hobart. Pretty much everyone came away feeling empowered and ready to roll out the campaign in their own communities.

But as part of the process I discovered how much we underestimate our own power to effect change in our community.

When it comes to getting action on climate change most of us feel more comfortable knowing that other, more knowledgeable, people are looking after things for us.

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You may have heard that as a parting gift Senator Fielding has bequeathed us with an inquiry into the social and economic  impacts of wind farms. This inquiry is being used to further the anti-wind farm push and further fuel the false claims about wind that are ringing around our regions.

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Concentrated Solar PlantAs the terrible damage from the floods across Eastern Australia is being assessed, many people are starting to focus on the role of climate change in

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Ain't it great how we can understand things differently these days...

Castlemaine & Bendigo talk Renewables

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A couple of articles appeared in the papers today which put into sharp contrast the choices Australia has about what sort of energy future we want.

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There's alot of action going on around the country, particularly at a smaller scale, that often flies beneath the radar. But sometimes it gets noticed.....

Ballarat region was recognised by the Clean Energy Council last week as a leader in renewable energy development. They mentioned its 'enormous natural resources, strong existing use of clean energy technologies and exciting planned deveopments.'

The singled out a number of projects, including:

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John Brumby is making a pitch for the strongest climate leader in the country with his new climate white paper being announced today.

http://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/brumby-lays-down-gauntlet-on-carbon-20100725-10qkr.html

While his targets are not where the science tells us we need to be (he's proposing 20% by 2020) and his plan to replace only a quarter of Hazelwood is timid (one of the two turbines he'll retire is busted, anyway!) there's still plenty of daylight between him and the rest of the field.

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I was hanging around waiting for the Ballarat Community Cabinet to start and ran into a Liberal Senator for Victoria, Julian McGauran, known to you as Senator Julian John James McGauran (Lib, VIC).

When I asked him if he knew what a gross feed-in tariff was he cut to the chase and said 'I'm a direct action man'.

Now Sen JJJ Mc is on the record as not believing in climate change and yet direct action to fix a problem that doesn't exist is his thing. Go figure.

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