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GREEN ENERGY FIRM PLEDGES 1200 JOBS

"GREEN ENERGY FIRM PLEDGES 1200 JOBSRenewable energy company Pacific Hydro has challenged claims the
Government's climate change policies will cost jobs, saying it will create
at least 1200 new positions at Hydro over the next five years if they are
implemented.Pacific Hydro chief executive Rob Grant told The Age any potential job
losses in coal mining would be offset by the construction and operation of
four windfarms once legislation for an emissions trading scheme and a 20
per cent renewable energy target were passed. Two of the wind farms would
be in Victoria, Australiacreating 600 jobs.The promise of green jobscomes as experts and environmental groups hit out
at a threat by mining giant Xstrata to fire 1000 coal miners in NSW and
cancel plans to invest $7 billion in new jobs if the Government's scheme
passed the Senate.During question time in Federal Parliament yesterday, the Opposition raised
concerns by Envirogen, a company that converts ""fugitive emissions"" from
coal mines into energy, that the Government's emissions trading scheme
would force it to close, risking 100 jobs.Prime Minister Kevin Rudd responded by saying, ""The whole function of
introducing a carbon price into the economy is to encourage the development
of renewable energy industries and, in turn, to generate further employment
from it.""Mr Grant said he expected at least 10 wind farms to be built by all players
in the wind energy sector, potentially creating 3000 on-site jobs, 1000
long-term operational jobs and an increase in manufacturing jobs in tower
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