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Forest furnaces back on the agenda - by Jill Redwood

A very serious threat has emerged since Valentine's Day! And Fed Parliament is voting on the motion today! If Oakeshott's proposal gets up, the forest furnaces poised for building in several states would become a driving force for decades more destruction of Australian forests, woodlands and wildlife. It would be the same type of unstoppable destruction that the export woodchip industry has caused since the 1970s. There will be no let up in demand for electricity once this insanity is allowed.


Independent, Rob Oakeshott is planning to revisit his agreement last year to prevent the burning of native forests ('waste' or not) to be classed as 'renewable energy' and so making it eligible for financial help via Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).

Tony Windsor, independent MP, has indicated that he has not yet taken a position on Oakeshott's forest furnace motion. Please ask he carefully considers his position, as his one vote could cause an avalanche of forest destruction for years to come.

These below are worth contacting with a polite short email - especially if you happen to be in their electorate, or maybe pass this on if you know friends who are.

Tony.Windsor.MP@aph.gov.au, Malcolm.Turnbull.MP@aph.gov.au,
Greg.Hunt.MP@aph.gov.au, Tony.Burke.MP@aph.gov.au,
mark.dreyfus.MP@aph.gov.au, mike.kelly.MP@aph.gov.au,
tony.crook.MP@aph.gov.au

The Carbon Package Agreement went through last year thanks to the Greens insistence - and it has been a major spanner in the plans of the logging industry to build forest furnaces for electricity (to take over where the export woodchip markets are failing). Without RECs they are less financially viable.

If Oakeshott's proposal gets up, the forest furnaces poised for building in several states would become a driving force for decades more destruction of Australian forests, woodlands and wildlife. It would be the same type of unstoppable destruction that the export woodchip industry has caused since the 1970s. There will be no let up in demand for electricity once this insanity is allowed.

Jill Redwood
Environment East Gippsland
Locked Bag 3
ORBOST 3888
ph (03) 5154 0145

Comments

Thanks to people who had the time to send off emails to those pollies we suggested you write to yesterday. We now hear that the motion could be put to the vote anytime between next week and mid March, so you still have time to email or call these MPs. Oakeshott has received hundreds of emails and calls yet remains immoveable. Maybe try the others.