In a decisive move toward a sustainable future, Queensland Deputy Premier, Steven Miles, has rejected Clive Palmer’s proposal to build a new coal fired power station in the Galilee Basin. Queensland Conservation Council have welcomed the conclusion to the saga after Miles took over decision making powers last year.
The rejection comes after Queensland’s Land Court recommended the associated coal mine be refused, and signals there’s no place for new coal power in Queensland.
Queensland Conservation Council’s Energy Strategist, Clare Silcock, says: “As Queenslanders face another climate change linked emergency with an unusually early cyclone hitting, this is the right decision to keep Queenslanders safe”
“Today’s decision propels Queensland into a cleaner energy future, moving away from the dirty coal fired power stations of the past.
“This coal power station would have burnt 4 million tonnes of coal every year beyond 2050. We’re relieved that this rejection keeps that pollution out of our atmosphere, and reduced the climate impacts.
“The science is clear: we need to stop building new coal if we want to stop runaway climate change.
“Introducing new coal power completely contradicts the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan and would undoubtedly escalate power prices during a time of unprecedented cost of living hardships.
“There’s no appetite for new coal power in Queensland. The people of the Sunshine state know that the future is clean, cheap renewable energy, not old, polluting coal power. Queenslanders have demonstrated that they support replacing coal power with clean, cheap renewable energy.
“Now the Queensland Government needs to focus on building more renewable energy sooner, to cut coal power emissions faster and bring down electricity prices.
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