RENEWABLE energy is easier, quicker and cheaper than burning coal to help lift people out of poverty through access to power, according to a recent report by Oxfam Australia. Yet I read that Tony Abbott is going to refuse to attend the emission reduction talks in Paris in November. Oxfam’s report challenges our Prime Minister and the mining industry’s spin about coal being the cheapest way to lift people out of poverty. The rest of the world is leaving Australia behind in the race to take up renewable energy, it is clear that the future is in the clean energy industry. Climatic disasters are already here to stay and this is not going to improve while emissions continue to escalate. The continued propping up of the dirty energy sector (with our taxes) and this Government’s inaction on progressing a job-rich renewable energy sector is not helping our economy, our people, or the globe. Fracking our water table and turning our precious farm lands into ever deeper coal holes was never going to be sustainable. Time for Tony Abbott to wake up, or get out of the way. This is the lucky country. It is our duty and responsibility to commit to strong targets to reduce dangerous, polluting emissions, and unfortunately that is not going to happen under Tony Abbott. I eagerly await the next Federal election so Australia can throw out not only Bronwyn Bishop, but the whole rotten lot of them.