Tasmania 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.
BREAKING: Norwegian company Equinor has dumped its plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight.
The Great Australian Bight is a marine environment of almost unparalleled ecological significance off the southern coast of Australia.
The Bight is an area of major cultural importance to the Mirning people, the traditional custodians of the land, a globally significant nursery for the endangered southern right whale and it acts as a sanctuary for critically endangered southern bluefin tuna, Australian sea lions, great white sharks, albatross, turtles, and seahorses.
Australia Institute research has shown that:
- More than 9,000 fisheries and tourism jobs would be at risk in South Australia alone from a catastrophic oil spill in the Bight, which could reach coastlines all the way from WA to NSW.
- An oil spill has the potential to wipe out Tasmania's wild catch fisheries - an industry worth around $200 million. That is before we think about the impact to Tasmania's tourism industry, which relies heavily on its clean and green image.
Now it's time for the government to pursue Word Heritage status for the Bight and protect it from drilling forever.
If drilling is allowed to go ahead, billions of barrels of oil are expected to be burnt, turbocharging global warming at the exact time we should be drastically reducing carbon pollution.
Australia Institute research has also shown that 60% of Australians and 68% of South Australians are opposed to drilling in the Bight.
We, the undersigned--
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