LEAN social media highlights

This page notes items from LEAN's Twitter account @LEANAustralia and Facebook page @LEANAustralia

January 2023

December 2022

November 2022

October 2022

  • Called for end to native forest logging and a sustainable future for timber workers; highlighted importance for getting to net zero and reducing bushfire risk
  • Highlighted call for end to fossil fuel subsides in international financing by Australia
  • Highlighted risks of and need for clarity on biodiversity credits 
  • Welcomed Australia signing global methane pledge ; announcement of clean energy critical minerals strategy and National Energy Performance Strategy
  • Called for energy efficiency including household electrification instead of new gas fields
  • Welcomed Victorian Labor commitment to public renewable energy, net zero brought forward to 2045 and 75-80% emissions reduction by 2035
  • Publicised BZE Deploy report on accelerating emissions reductions to 81% by 2030
  • Highlighted updated solar PV maps showing need for measures to increase access for renters and indigenous communities
  • Endorsed union calls for end to excessive anti-protest laws including in Labor states
  • Called for end to Qld shark netting - doesnt protect humans, does kill wildlife including whales and turtles

September 2022

August 2022

July 2022

June 2022

  • highlighted report of skyrocketing land clearing in NSW
  • welcomed announcement of Australia signing up to global commitment on plastics
  • Reiterated opposition to Narrabri gas project, and support for local and first nations opponents of unnecessary polluting project
  • Reiterated opposition to burning native forests for power being regarded as "renewable"
  • Reminder that 500 Labor branches and units backed major environment law and institutional reform
  • Celebrated Climate Environment and Water super Department with Chris Bowen, Yanya Plibersek and Jenny McAllister
  • Condemned Federal Coalition scrapping recovery plans for 176 threatened species and habitats

May 2022

April 2022

March 2022

February 2022

January 2022

December 2021

Celebrated release of Labor's Powering Australia plan for jobs and emissions reduction

November 2021

October 2021

September 2021

August 2021

July 2021

  • Welcomed Queensland Labor's Climate Action Plan 2030
  • Publicised AEMO modelling zero emissions grid by 2035
  • Noted report on AGL destroying 70% of its market value in 4 years by sticking to fossil fuels
  • Endorsed ACTU call for offshore wind industry based on CSIRO/union report
  • Celebrated LEAN activist Janaline Oh endorsement as Labor second Senate candidate for ACT 
  • Welcomed emphasis on climate and clean energy in Albo MP speech on economic recovery post COVID-19
  • Thanked Labor MPs who stood up in Parliament for proper environment law reform not giveaway of national responsibility

June 2021

  • Thanked Labor MPs who stood up in Parliament for proper environment law reform not giveaway of national responsibility
  • Welcomed Queensland Government rejection of Morrison government giveaway of environmental responsibility without adequately addressing standards, funding and key reforms identified in the 2020 Review
  • Publicised Hunter Jobs Alliance report calling for transition authority
  • Endorsed call for parliamentary inquiry into adequacy of mine remediation bonds
  • Called for Federal government to match NSW government ambition on electric vehicles
  • Endorsed union concerns re secret "free trade" deals restricting action for environment and workers rights
  • Welcomed updating of Qld Labor Environment Restoration Fund grants
  • Endorsed Terri Butler MP statement that climate change remains most serious threat to Great Barrier Reef and the 64,000 jobs it supports
  • Publicised University of Melbourne study: better environment protection promotes economic growth 

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

  • 38 meetings in 2 days in Canberra with Albo MP, Chris Bowen MP and many other Labor MPs and Senators on strong climate and environment action
  • Shared NRMA endorsement of Australians driving cars powered by Australian clean energy instead of imported fuels
  • Publicised Australian Labor opposing Morrison government attempt to redefine gas as low emissions and distort ARENA mandate
  • Shared UWU statements on Morrison government wasting skills of oil refinery workers that should be used in clean energy transition
  • Publicised Productivity Commission report slamming Morrsion govt water plan, calling for attention to climate change and Aboriginal rights
  • Shared warning of Morrison government inaction on climate being met by carbon tariffs for Australian exporters
  • Shared Victorian unions call for workers to be included in shaping transition to renewable energy  
  • Shared article: Biden's winning message on jobs through climate action and environment restoration shows the way

January 2021

December 2020

  • Shared Peter Garrett call for removal of feral horses from Kosciusko 
  • Shared article: NT gas expansion subsidy a waste of taxpayer money, subsidy harvesting for a failing industry
  • Highlighted 500% renewables target from South Australian Liberal government 
  • Shared Productivity Commission environment findings Better national environmental law and governance (rather than Commonwealth just giving its responsibilities away) would reduce costs + delays for resource projects. Few examples of best practice site rehabilitation. Need better legal and financial frameworks to avoid public being left with clean up costs or sites left unremediated at end of project
  • Welcomed NSW government plan to transition to zero emission buses by 2030; called for national plan

November 2020

  • Endorsed ACTU call for renewable energy jobs to be secure and well paid
  • Noted report of serious decline in platypus habitat  (22% in 30 years)
  • Welcomed Victoria's budget economic recovery package including $800 million for energy efficiency; $540 million for six renewable energy zones; $108 million for next generation renewables inc offshore wind
  • Noted UK conservatives going big on offshore wind, hydrogen, electric vehicle manufacture and infrastructure and other clean transport, energy efficient homes and buildings, nature restoration for jobs and climate. 
  • Congratulated NSW Labor for successfully pushing NSW govt to include Hunter in renewable energy zones
  • Highlighted Joe Biden clean energy and infrastructure plan  and endorsed Mark Butler view re importance of strong climate and jobs policy
  • Noted UK Labor Green Recovery plan
  • Publicised launch of Hunter Jobs Alliance including LEAN. Endorsed AMWU call for building plan for new jobs instead of continuing climate culture wars

October 2020

  • Commented on gas: While gas remains important for manufacturing and electricity the answer to supply challenges and price is not new fields, it’s market reform and limits to export
  • Endorsed Mark Butler view that gas fired recovery is fantasy and economic recovery should be powered with clean energy
  • Publicised centre right Blueprint Institute report on Powering the Next Boom
  • Noted EU view that public funds for fossil fuels inconsistent with climate action 
  • Publicised Curtin Research Centre hydrogen energy powerhouse report
  • Endorsed statement from 40 local governments calling for clean recovery agenda
  • Welcomed Albo Rewiring the Nation Authority announcement
  • Welcomed Albo endorsement of Renewable Energy Superpower agenda
  • Noted Canada's COVID recovery infrastructure plan includes $1.5billion for zero emissions buses

September 2020

  • Shared highlights from Smart Energy Summit 
  • Shared calls for national EPA to control inappropriate State landclearing including this one in Victoria and this one in NSW 
  • Publicised launch of Hunter Jobs Alliance initiative with AMWU and other partners 
  • Clarified that LEAN will continue to push for strong renewables and emissions targets but not insisting on 2030 numbers in 2020 platform
  • Noted that NSW Nationals koala killing agenda confirms why Federal oversight has to be strengthened not removed
  • Noted report of environment science being suppressed, confirming need for independent EPA
  • Publicised Morrison suppression of Labor MPs wanting to speak against handover of environmental powers 
  • Welcomed Vic Labor putting renewables at centre of COVID recovery including 100% renewables in government facilities

August 2020

  • Highlighted Labor MPs across party speaking against handover of environment powers including Albo 
  • Condemned introduction of Bill for handover of environment powers without promised national standards
  • Posted roll-call by electorate of 500 Labor branches and units backing stronger Federal environment laws, institutions and leadership
  • Posted reminder that Mark Butler is the energy shadow and comments from others endorsing gas subsidies are not Labor policy
  • Endorsed Mark Butler call for renewables led recovery and linked to Biden policy 
  • Discussed role of LEAN in helping Labor form winning positions, in response to ïnfiltration comments

July 2020

  • Publicised Hunter LEAN's Jobs and Steel forum
  • Noted Albo backing LEAN against Joel Fitzgibbon calling us infiltrators
  • Campaigned against handover of Federal environmental responsibility, and for independent national environment institutions
  • Noted research showing that stronger environmental regulation is an economic positive
  • Noted weak NSW environment laws not fit for accreditation with landclearnig doubling in a decade
  • Publicised call for rural and regional environment stimuluis package

June 2020

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December 2019

  • Contrasted Angela Merkel's New Year's message emphasising climate action with events here
  • Shared various tweets on scale of bushfire disaster and inadequacy of response
  • Shared MIT study indicating fugitive emissions may make natural gas dirtier than coal 
  • Shared news from Institute for Energy Economic and Financial Analysis that in India new solar and wind is now 30% cheaper than existng coal power
  • Shared UK Financial Times editorial condeming Morrison government failure on climate change
  • Shared news that Department of Home Affairs incoming government brief in May 2019 called for coordinated government action on climate disasters
  • Shared report on Per Capita recommendation for a climate mission approach to industry policy to rebuild trust in government
  • Shared Country Needs People call for doubling of Indigenous Ranger and Indigenous Protected Areas as key part of enhanced bushfire response
  • Highlighted marine heatwave impacting mutiple areas in Australian waters
  • Noted that volunteer firefighting is not an approved activity for Newstart recipients.
  • Noted report that rooftop solar is taking pressure off ageing and failing coal power despite Libs hoping to blame blackouts on renewables
  • Shared news that exploding feral horse numbers in Kosciuszko a national disaster
  • Endorsed Mark Butler MP opposition for removal of nuclear power ban and call for disclosure to threatened communities 
  • Noted report that Morrison government which at election condemned 50% renewables by 2030 as reckless now relies on it as business as usual
  • Stood up against Greens political party attacking ALP on climate
  • Shared Kenneth Hayne view that company directors could not hide from taking account of and reducing climate risks
  • Shared Peter Garrett address to LEAN event in Sydney 
  • Defended the ALP's endorsement of Paris approach to emissions rather than the Greens new one, and questioned coal exports creating their own new demand in a falling market
  • Endorsed AlboMP call for PM to meet with former firefighting chiefs
  • Shared report of world's second largest ferry operator switching to electric vessels

November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

  • Published tributes to LEAN activist Ivan de Vulder
  • Noted predictions that transition from coal power will happen very quickly and called for Labor governments to take care of communities in the transition
  • Endorsed ETU position that nuclear power for Australia does not stack up on safety, environmental or economic grounds, and publicised nuclear lobby 20 preferred sites 
  • Publicised article noting Labor's post war reconstruction provides model for green new deal 

June 2019

  • Noted Mark Butler comment that climate change could be most profound driver of inequity globally, within Australia and across generations
  • Publicised BZE NT Energy Futures report including standed asset and other risks in backing gas
  • Welcomed NT Labor endorsement of $20billion 10GW solar export plan
  • Noted that China already has 426,000 electric buses; Australia has 26
  • Highlighted CSIRO Australian National Outlook indicating transition to clean energy cheapest option for Australia's ageing power system, and backing EV transition for transport
  • Noted commencement of pilot Victorian solar rebate program for rental properties
  • Publicised release of March 2019 APVI solar maps including 51 postcodes with 50%+ solar homes; 500+ with 33%+; 1000+ with 25%+

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

December 2018

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

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March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

November 2017

  • Publicised developments on plan to export Pilbara clean energy to Asia

  • Highlighted report via LEAN Vic on risks of ecosystem collapse w continued mountain ash logging
  • Publicised NSW Labor leader Luke Foley statements on environment as core to Labor values and achievements
  • Welcomed NT Labor policy development for 50+% renewables by 2030
  • Publicised EJA figures on toxic materials emissions from Liddell power station
  • Numerous tweets emphasising importance of Qld LAbor win for environment inc Qld Conservation Council endorsement of policy
  • Emphasised human health impacts of Nats undermining Murray-Darling water
  • Endorsed Richard Marles MP comments on importance of Pacific to Aust security and Aust gov climate inaction undermining same
  • Publicised 200th Labor branch (to that point) endorsing LEAN's stronger environment laws campaign
  • Welcomed LEAN co-founder Kristina Keneally as Bennelong candidate
  • Welcomed Qld Labor enviro and clean energy commitments including 1GW of publicly owned renewables, no public $ for Adani, and restoring tree clearing controls

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

  • Condemned ScoMo threat to blackmail States into removing bans, limits on fracking
  • Publicised Framework for national climate and health strategy 
  • Welcomed Luke Foley NSW announcement on public investment in renewables
  • Attacked Josh Frydenberg making a joke of loss of snow cover due to climate change in HoR June 19
  • Publicised launch and progress of LEAN Qld campaign for publicly owned renewable energy and storage 
  • Noted ANU study on SA pumped hydro
  • Tweeted Labor speeches in HoR on clean energy MPI 14 June
  • Publicised LEAN's position statement on Finkel report response
  • Publicised BMW statement on Fed govt inaction on vehicle emissions standards and EVs
  • Highlighted mapping of predicted flooding with sea level rise of 0.74 metres
  • Welcomed Jay Weatherill announcement dumping nuclear dump
  • Highlighted California hitting 80% renewable electricity (67% without hydro) 

May 2017

  • Publicised Labor opposition to CEFC money for coal
  • Promoted Joel Fitzgibbon FOI action on coalition agreement and climate
  • Promoted research on climate change and inequality
  • Promoted new mapping on sea level rise risk for coastal Australia
  • Opposed proposals for Adani royalty holiday
  • Opposed proposal for Export Finance and Insurance Corporation loan to Souh African coal mine (!!!)
  • Publicised UK LEAN (SERA) policy submissions and successes
  • Welcomed success of ARENA solar round and noted Labor and LEAN role in saving ARENA grants
  • Publicised S&P report: Aust stock market world's most exposed to carbon risk, stranded assets
  • Highlighted Bill Shorten MP Budget reply commitments to climate action, renewables investment, EIS, doubling indigenous rangers
  • Noted axing of National Climate Adaptation Research Facility funding and intention to scrap Climate Change Authority in Budget 2017
  • Noted Vic govt and AGL conclusions that new renewables + storage now cheaper than new peaking gas
  • Publicised Federal Labor backing NAIF money for Townsville hydro power not Adani railway
  • Publicised ARENA investment priorities inc RE exports
  • Publicised CSIRO development for hydrogen / ammonia / hydrogen inc for export

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

  • Publicised ANU study on feasibility of wind; solar and hydro storage grid
  • Publicised Bill Shorten energy policy speech and other statements confirming Labor's 50% by 2030 commitment
  • Welcomed passage of Vic Climate Act
  • Noted APRA warning on climate and responsibilities of banks, investment managers
  • Publicised Joel Fitzgibbon comments re Hunter and energy transition
  • Publicised analysis that Turnbull govt new coal power stations would push up power prices
  • Tweeted regularly on Turnbull government's false misleading and deceptive behaviour in House of Representatives question time (most popular, Scott Morrison's Great Block of Coal Swindle )

January 2017

December 2016

  • Contrasted UK Conservatives support for UK Climate Change Act to Victorian Libs opposition to updating Vic Climate Change Act including targets on emissions cuts 
  • Backed CFMEU, AMWU calls for focus on worker safety in heatwave conditions
  • Highlighted reports of Australia as worst performing developed country on habitat loss
  • Highlighted Wentworth Group Accounting for Nature report of trial of environmental accounts
  • Highlighted Federal Labor opposition to public funding for Adani’s Galilee Basin coal mine
  • Noted announcement that Delhi metro trains to be 100% renewable powered by mid 2017
  • Noted proposal for export of WA solar energy to Indonesia
  • Noted launch of ACT electric vehicle plan; highlighted London commitment to zero emissions vehicles including buses
  • Highlighted reports backing Federal Labor’s proposed energy emissions intensity scheme to save consumers money including CSIRO and Energy Networks Australia
  • Welcomed election of LEAN National Organiser Ella Factor to Labor National Policy Forum

November 2016

  • Highlighted LEAN annual conference
  • Condemned NSW Lib / Nat government repeal of Labor’s landclearing protections and welcomed NSW Labor commitment to reinstate them
  • Highlighted Senate Committee report recommending comprehensive energy transition plan including energy transition authority just transitions
  • Highlighted ANU modelling of possible shape of Australian electricity market with 100% renewables
  • Noted Vic Climate Change Bill 2016 including net zero 2050 target and interim targets
  • Welcomed Victorian Labor introducing ban on fracking
  • Defended renewable energy against continued efforts by Malcolm Turnbull, Barnaby Joyce to blame renewables for blackouts when SA storm knocked down multiple transmission towers
  • Live tweeted National Environmental Law Association conference including:
    • Big picture on climate from Tim Flannery
    • Updates on APEEL review of environmental law - technical papers due for release January 2017
    • Reviews of Environmental Protection Authority structures in Vic, NSW, WA
    • Corporate law liability and climate risks
    • Restorative justice approaches and environmental law
    • Abandoned mine rehabilitation
    • Lack of security of funding and legal status for Indigenous Protected Areas and rangers program
    • Retrograde moves in NSW biodiversity protection including re conservation on private land
    • Importance of EDOs and merits review in environmental law
    • Tweets from ACTU Just Transitions conference
    • Noted NSW climate plan doesn’t include 2030 targets or mention landclearing.
    • Highlighted launch of Beyond Zero Emissions electric vehicles report

October 2016 

  • Highlighted Peter Garrett speech on Labor environment leadership and LEAN
  • Defended renewable energy against efforts by Malcolm Turnbull, Barnaby Joyce to blame renewables for blackouts when SA storm knocked down multiple transmission towers
  • Noted Dutch railways aiming for 100% renewable energy by 2017
  • LEAN Queensland reports on achievements at Qld Labor Conference 2016
  • Celebrated ACT Labor renewed mandate for 100% renewable energy
  • Featured pro-clean energy speeches from Labor members in House of Representatives debate (Oct 12)
  • Noted climate resilience focus in Vic draft infrastructure strategy 
  • Highlighted Queensland draft report on credible pathways to 50% renewables showing cost neutral
  • Highlighted commitment to renewable energy targets in WA Labor platform

September 2016

  • Defended renewable energy against efforts by Malcolm Turnbull, Barnaby Joyce, media sections to blame renewables for blackouts when SA storm knocked down multiple transmission towers
  • Highlighted need for just transitions in context of Hazelwood power station closure
  • Welcomed Labor saving $800million of ARENA funding and noted Labor MPs acknowledgment of LEAN role in achieving it

August 2016

  • Noted Climate Change Authority recommended electricity emissions intensity scheme; questioned if Craig Kelly MP would allow it
  • Celebrated Victorian Labor Government banning fracking
  • Publicly called for support for ARENA funding following private representations and Senate submission
  • Publicised Northern Territory Labor climate and environment commitments

July 2016

  • Contested Lib/Murdoch media scare campaign against SA renewables
  • Publicised Felicity Wade article on climate and environment in Labor values and role of climate courage in Federal Labor's return to form

May - June 2016

  • Publicised Labor's strongest ever Federal environment policy including commitment to consider national Environment Protection Authority
  • Publicised Federal Labor's climate policies 
  • Celebrated ScoMo's attack ad against LEAN
  • Worked with Labor candidates across Australia - including launching LEAN Townsville with Cathy O'Toole, Labor's narrowest win

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