By SAT News Desk
SYDNEY, 28 February 2020: The environment group Greenpeace Australia has criticised the federal government for sticking to coal when affordable renewable energy can power the country. Responding to talking points circulated this morning regarding the Federal Government’s Technology Roadmap, Dr Nikola Casule, Head of Research and Investigations at Greenpeace Australia Pacific said:
“Images of koalas burned alive are still so fresh in our minds, yet the Federal Government just keeps kicking the climate can down the road with another tactic to ignore coal as Australia’s top source of emissions.
“This roadmap is going entirely in the wrong direction. The technology to solve today’s problems is available now and already powering the country in the form of clean, reliable and affordable renewable energy and storage.
“Huge global economies like Germany and the United Kingdom are already well on their way in making the transition to renewables, leaving the Australian Federal Government lagging behind.
“If this is the plan Taylor intends on taking to the world stage, Australia can once again be expected to be seen as a global blocker of climate action.
“Using delay tactics like this instead of accelerating the shift to renewable energy is yet another example of the fossil fuel lobby having too much influence over the Federal Government.
“The Federal Government must stop putting the interests of the fossil fuel industry ahead of the interests of Australians.
“The Federal Government has no plan to drastically reduce emissions to keep Australian families safe from the worsening impacts of climate change.
“In the wake of one of the biggest climate disasters our country has ever seen, what Australian communities need now is strong leadership on phasing out coal, oil and gas as the primary cause of climate change.
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By SAT News Desk
Sydney, 3 December 2016 – The Turnbull government using taxpayer money for the Carmichael coal rail line is a train wreck of an idea, says Greenpeace Australia Pacific.
The Courier-Mail reported the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility has given conditional approval for up to $1bn in taxpayer funding for the North Galilee Basin Rail project that would exclusively service the Carmichael mine. During the election campaign, the Prime Minister said there would be no public funding for the Carmichael coal mine.
“This is a train wreck of an idea and it must be stopped. No more taxpayer money should be wasted on coal projects that threaten our Great Barrier Reef,” said Greenpeace Australia Pacific reef campaigner Shani Tager.
“Malcolm Turnbull already promised not to waste Australian taxpayers’ money on a project that could be a death sentence for the Great Barrier Reef. Now he’s tearing up that promise at a time when the Great Barrier Reef is fighting for survival.
“While the world is moving away from coal, the federal government is looking at funding a project that some of the biggest banks in the world won’t go near and the Queensland Treasury has called unbankable. It’s absurd to prop up a project that banks won’t touch.
“It’s outrageous that two days after the government had to report to Unesco on how it is protecting the Great Barrier Reef, it’s now throwing money at the Carmichael mine that would be disastrous for the reef’s health.”
Just last month the former chairperson and chief executive of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority called for a ban on new coal mines in order to conserve the health of the Great Barrier Reef.
If it ever got to full production, the 28,000ha Carmichael coal mine would put 121 million tons of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere each year and ship 60 million tons of coal directly through the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.