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

Will you sign?

  • Rod Bond
    signed 2019-10-15 16:58:51 +1100
  • Margaret Hunter
    signed 2019-10-15 16:57:02 +1100
  • Megan Stokes
    signed 2019-10-15 14:38:42 +1100
  • Gary Campbell
    signed 2019-10-15 13:57:41 +1100
  • Sally Vandenberg
    signed 2019-10-15 12:48:02 +1100
  • Susan Pearce
    signed 2019-10-15 12:23:34 +1100
  • Lindi Wall
    signed 2019-10-15 11:52:59 +1100
    The idea of opening a new coal mine is so nineteenth century in a climate of twenty first century climate disaster, that I hesitate to believe the government is serious.
  • Michael Sweet
    signed 2019-10-15 11:22:29 +1100
    Paying to find more coal and then subsidising the industry … what is the point?
  • Christine Wilson
    signed 2019-10-15 11:18:12 +1100
    Christine Wilson
  • Ann Cole
    signed 2019-10-15 10:49:13 +1100
  • Phillip Jenkins
    signed 2019-10-15 10:34:38 +1100
    Phillip Bruce Jenkins
  • Sue Kokavec
    signed 2019-10-15 10:28:23 +1100
    Why is this state government funding a sinking ship, imagine where we could be with enlightened leadership investing in renewable energy.
  • Philip Crouch
    signed 2019-10-15 10:23:50 +1100
  • Lisa Elford
    signed 2019-10-15 10:18:54 +1100
    Ban the coal mine it’s polluting our air and adding to climate change so invest in clean energy
  • Jennifer Willing
    signed 2019-10-15 10:11:09 +1100
  • Iain Lang
    signed 2019-10-15 10:08:57 +1100
  • John Rupert French
    signed 2019-10-15 08:22:06 +1100
    A coal mine will have a short economic life but the degradation of prime agricultural land will last for centuries quite apart from the damage to the environment through burning the coal.

    Please think about the long-term future of this island and this planet before jumping into a project which would cause immense damage.
  • Chantal De Brauwere
    signed 2019-10-15 07:32:12 +1100
  • Kathy Mason
    signed 2019-10-15 07:04:58 +1100
    KATHY MASON Climate change is real, we don’t need any more coal mines.
  • Heather Chaplin
    signed 2019-10-14 23:31:09 +1100