No New Coal Mines in Tasmania

NNCM-logo.pngTasmania is a renewable energy powerhouse, but the state government is taking Tasmania backwards.

It recently gave a grant of $50,000 of taxpayers' money to a Western Australian company to explore for coal deposits in Tasmania's Southern Midlands. 

Australia Institute research shows this project does not stack up economically or environmentally:

  • Any new coal mine would consume huge amounts of water, up to 750 million litres per year.
  • Can't compete on cost - It will be difficult for this mine to compete without further and larger taxpayer-funded subsidies.
  • Pollution - Burning coal is the largest contributor to the human-made increase of CO2 in the atmosphere, fueling heatwaves and other extreme weather events.

The Palawa people of lutruwita, who have cared for this island for thousands of generations, have been making calls for protection of country for a long time. 

This is the wrong project in the wrong place at the wrong time, will you add your name to our open letter?

 

To the Premier & Opposition Leader of Tasmania --

We must listen to the scientists on climate change and:

1 // Stop expanding Tasmania's coal industry. We need a moratorium on new coal mines.

2 // Prioritise our productive landscapes over new coal mines. Tasmania is blessed with rich arable land that has fed people here for over 40,000 years. We cannot threaten this by building new coal mines that will compete for water

3 // Cease taxpayer-funded subsidies for fossil fuel projects. Every dollar of taxpayers' money spent subsidising new coal mines is a dollar that can't be spent on hospitals, schools and other services Tasmanians rely on. 

978 signatures

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  • Lyall McDermott
    signed 2019-10-10 16:01:05 +1100
  • Peter Moore
    signed 2019-10-10 15:57:48 +1100
    Another milestone for the Peter Gutwein Tasmanian Liberal Government. A $50000 “efficiency dividend” for the future ?
  • Laura mckew
    signed 2019-10-10 15:56:42 +1100
  • Rachel Wastell
    signed 2019-10-10 15:56:08 +1100
  • Estelle Ross
    signed 2019-10-10 15:54:17 +1100
    The state government should have funded the proposed hydrogen plant at Bell Bay or wind and tide research at Utas instead
  • Tom Kingston
    signed 2019-10-10 15:53:16 +1100
  • Michael O'Halloran
    signed 2019-10-10 15:52:59 +1100
    I’d prefer Tasmania to retain its reputation for being clean and green!
  • Zoe Douglas
    signed 2019-10-10 15:52:02 +1100
    Tasmanians are facing a bushfire season over 10 degrees average from last year – we cannot afford new coal mines.
  • David Hamilton
    signed 2019-10-10 15:50:18 +1100
  • Anna Cerneaz
    signed 2019-10-10 15:49:09 +1100
  • John Church
    signed 2019-10-10 15:48:05 +1100
  • Amanda Robson
    signed 2019-10-10 15:47:53 +1100
  • Betty Viney
    signed 2019-10-10 15:47:05 +1100
  • phil oneill
    signed 2019-10-10 15:46:43 +1100
  • Jess Robbins
    signed 2019-10-10 15:42:08 +1100
    Exporting coal is an enormous threat to Tasmania’s economy, brand and future.
  • Paul Elliott
    signed 2019-10-10 15:41:33 +1100
  • Diane Moncrieff
    signed 2019-10-10 15:40:50 +1100
    Diane Moncrieff
  • Richard Mecklenburgh
    signed 2019-10-10 15:40:10 +1100
    Richard Mecklenburgh
  • Shaun Thurstans
    signed 2019-10-10 15:35:45 +1100
    Protect our farms and brand. Coal mining is old school.
  • John Biggs
    signed 2019-10-10 15:32:38 +1100
    I can’t believe this highly destructive project — destructive of superb farmland, scarce water supplies, climate stabilisation, beautiful scenery — is even being considered. And yet $50,000 has already been spent on it! Surely this can only be another “Tasmanian mates” job. Outrageous!!

    John Biggs
  • Pen Tayler
    signed 2019-10-10 15:28:39 +1100
  • Russell Mitchell
    signed 2019-10-10 15:26:58 +1100
    Russell Mitchell
  • Jeanne Wills
    signed 2019-10-10 15:25:59 +1100
    We are currently in a climate emergency and fossil fuel must phased out.
  • Clare Pitt
    signed 2019-10-10 15:25:56 +1100
    There are so many more appropriate things to be spending Tasmanian money on at this time.
  • Alison O'Brien
    signed 2019-10-10 15:25:30 +1100
  • Jo-Anne Kelder
    signed 2019-10-10 15:24:19 +1100
  • Kevin O'Dea
    signed 2019-10-10 15:23:17 +1100
  • Jill Pierce
    signed 2019-10-10 15:22:55 +1100
  • Iain Clarke
    signed 2019-10-10 15:21:56 +1100