But the paper also says additional “base load” capacity is needed, which is likely to mean a new coal-fired station. This is despite a commitment by the Premier, Bob Carr, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 95 per cent of 1990 per capita levels by 2007.
At a time when we know that coal fired power plants are the biggest single polluter in Australia, the government is still talking about “clean” coal! (Don’t believe the hype – there is no such thing.) There are alternatives! WWF along with a number of energy companies recently released the Clean Energy Future for Australia report that outlines practical measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 50% over a number of years – why are these kinds of strategies being ignored?
And we don’t even have the basic protection of ratification of Kyoto to stop these kind of ridiculous decisions being made.