No More Bad Investments - Greens urge renewable future, not new fossil fuel power stations
by Greens' MLC Mark Parnell
January 31st, 2018 11:00 am
Greens SA Parliamentary Leader (and environmental lawyer) Mark Parnell MLC, will today be appearing before the State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP) to argue against the construction of a new fossil fuel power station at Reeves Plains in the State’s Mid-North.
The invitation-only closed hearing at the Mallala RSL Hall this morning is considering what advice the Planning Commission should give to Planning Minister, John Rau in an application by Alinta Energy for a new 300MW gas-fired power plant. The final decision is the Minister’s with no appeals allowed. The Alinta application is part of over 1 gigawatt of pending and proposed fossil fuel projects in the pipeline.
“The Greens message to the Planning Commission and the Minister is really clear – this is a bad project that should be dismissed in favour of new renewable energy and storage. As the impacts of climate change take hold around the world, investing in new fossil fuel projects is irrational and irresponsible when far safer and more climate-friendly alternatives exist”, said Mark Parnell.
“The Greens know that the future is in renewables. SA is leading the country in the transition to renewable energy but policy failure at the Federal level, soaring gas prices and the legacy of privatisation have forced up electricity bills for households and businesses.
“In contrast to the Greens, Labor also support renewables but still want to expand the dirty gas industry. Labor is supporting the current Alinta gas proposal. This is the wrong direction for SA.
“Both the old parties are going down the wrong path. The Greens believe we need to:
“The Liberals are wedded to the fossil fuel industry and want to keep us in the past.
“Xenophon’s attacks on wind energy cast doubt on his direction.
“The Greens will also:
“The Greens plan is clear and is the right direction for SA. We want 100% renewable energy by 2030. It is achievable, affordable and responsible,” concluded Mark Parnell.
Authorised by M. Parnell, Parliament House Adelaide.