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Clean energy jobs the loser says CEC

"Clean energy jobs the loser says CEC(Via Manufacturers' Monthly)AUSTRALIA - Hundreds of employees in the emerging solar PV industry face
immediate layoffs as a direct result of today's decision by the Senate to
defer the government's Renewable Energy Target (RET) bill.Clean Energy Council (CEC) Chief Executive Matthew Warren said the decision
will only further delay clean energy projects across Australia which are
poised to create thousands of new jobs and stimulate multi-billion dollar
investments in regional Australia.Warren said Australia's emerging solar PV industry will again bear the
immediate brunt of today's latest political posturing, with dynamic new
companies halted in their tracks and now making forced job cuts in the wake
of today's decision."Clean energy companies around Australia will now put hiring plans on hold
and in some cases be forced to start shedding staff," he said."Investing in large scale clean energy projects should be the front line
response to climate change. This RET legislation should have been passed a
year ago."Instead we saw it introduced late into the Parliament and linked to the
Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme by the government, and now it has been
deferred by the coalition," said Warren.The Clean Energy Council provided detailed amendments to all sides of
politics to remove any impediments to the passage of the RET bill.""Industry representatives have met with senior advisers from Prime
Minister's office. We have met with Minister Wong and her staff. We have
met with senior advisers to Malcolm Turnbull. We have met the Shadow
Minister Greg Hunt. And we have met with the Greens and the Independents.
All have said that they support the introduction of the 20 percent
Renewable Energy Target."Our question to the Parliament is then 'Why is this so difficult?'"It's time for all sides of politics to stop treating renewable energy as a
political football and get on with the clean energy revolution demanded by
the clear majority of Australians," Warren said.For the latest clean energy jobs across Australia and globally please click