NSW climate plan a farce if new coal fired power stations built

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NSW climate plan a farce if new coal fired power stations built
Media release: 9 August 2010
Any plan to cut the state’s greenhouse gas emission will be meaningless if two new coal-fired power stations are built, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye. (‘Ambitious targets in greenhouse proposal’, Sydney Morning Herald, 9 August page 3, http://bit.ly/smh100809)
Dr Kaye said: “Premier Keneally is using the bureaucracy to disguise the environmental disaster that building new baseload power stations would be.
“Emissions of more than 22 million tonnes of CO2 each year from coal fired power stations being planned for Lithgow and the Upper Hunter would swamp any savings that the new plan might make.
“The NSW government cannot have it both ways. On the one hand, Treasurer Eric Roozendaal is peddling the myth that new baseload power plants are needed to keep the lights on.
“Now the Deputy Director of the Climate Change Department, Simon Smith, says the new generators would replace older plant and bring down emissions.
“Both statements cannot be true. If the new generators are needed to maintain a reliable supply, then shutting down older plant would cause blackouts.
“In fact, neither statement is true. New baseload capacity is not needed and if they are built they will massively increase the state’s emissions.
“This is further evidence that energy policy in NSW is still being driven by the mindless push to privatise the industry and build new plant whether they are needed or not.
“Neither Mr Smith nor Treasurer Roozendaal is prepared to admit the awful truth.
“If these plant are built, the state’s emissions will climb by more than 17 percent and energy efficiency programs will be devastated.
“If the Premier were serious about achieving ambitious greenhouse gas targets, she would dump Treasurer Roozendaal’s electricity privatisation scheme and the new fossil-fuel power stations it is designed to produce,” Dr Kaye said.
For more information: John Kaye 0407 195 455
John Kaye
Greens member of the NSW Parliament
phone: (02) 9230 2668
fax: (02) 9230 2586
mobile: 0407 195 455
email: john.kaye@parliament.nsw.gov.au
web: www.johnkaye.org.au

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