More coal fire power stations flies in face of Garnauts’ call for deep emission cuts.

\MoreNational environmental organisation Friends of the Earth welcomes Professor Ross Garnauts’ statement that Australia must make deep cuts to our greenhouse gas pollution emissions.


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More coal fire power stations flies in face of Garnauts’ call for deep emission cuts .

Feb 21, 2008

National environmental organisation Friends of the Earth welcomes Professor Ross Garnauts’ statement that Australia must make deep cuts to our greenhouse gas pollution emissions.

There is now scientific, and growing public, recognition of the need for deep and immediate cuts to Australia’s emissions if we are to avoid dangerous climate change. In spite of this, both state and federal ALP are backing a new 400 megawatt brown coal fire station in the Latrobe Valley.

Louise Morris Climate Change Campaigner for Friends of the Earth said “the proposed HRL power station will add over 2.4 million tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution to Victoria, and Australia’s, annual emissions every year. This will continue to take Australia down the wrong path - of fossil fuel based power sources rather than building on our renewable energy opportunities.”

“The HRL project has received $150 million dollars in state and federal grants towards the $750 million the whole project requires to get off the ground. In an age when we know the dangers we face from climate change it is alarming that state and federal ALP are using taxpayers money to build more coal fire power stations. We should be investing in clean and renewable energy technology and greatly improving energy efficiency requirements. This would deliver deep cuts, regional growth through much of Australia, the creation of a thriving manufacture sector, and huge job yields”

Friends of the Earth Climate Justice campaigner Emma Brindal stated “Part of our response must include acting on our responsibilities to climate affected nations: this will include commitment to adaptation funding, recognition of climate refugees and support for new low carbon technologies. In contrast, at present we see the ALP continuing the Howard legacy – with reliance on overseas coal exports and relentless expansion of our domestic coal energy sector.”

The proposed HRL coal fire power station is a 50/50 venture between HRL Ltd and Chinese state owned Harbin Power Equipment Group.

 

For more information contact:

Louise Morris  - 0408906310 Climate Change Campaigner

Emma Brindal – 0411084727 Climate Justice Campaigner