More Coal Power?

Did you know that Western Australia, Victoria, NSW and Queensland are talking about recommissioning or refurbishing old coal fired power stations, or even building new ones?

All they are waiting for is for the Rudd government’s emissions trading bill (the CPRS), with its woeful targets and weak carbon price, to pass and they’ll have the signal they need.

The CPRS will actually unleash a coal bonanza

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, legal advice to the Greens from two senior barristers shows that if this bill passes the government won’t be able to turn it around without paying even more billions in compensation to the polluters.


  1. John Mannion on 30/12/2009 at 3:21 pm

    In hindsight I suppose ‘we’ should have left everything in the ground. Re solar power, like wind, it is not suitable for a base load source of electricity unless it is generated as direct current and stored in battery banks and then inverted to alternating current. UCG seems to be relatively clean source of ‘mining coal’. Perhaps we should have retained our Dunlite ‘freelites’!
    Searching for and exploiting petroleum, water, uranium, coal, iron ore, copper, gold, phosphate, silver, lead and zinc etc., etc. could all be perceieved as being devastating to the environment, but don’t forget that human beings are the most devastating thing to happen to the environment.

  2. Morris Gibb on 27/12/2009 at 8:59 pm

    Stinking coal should be left in the ground including UCG. It is all devistating to the countyand the enviromentand not even economical. what the hell is wrong with solar.
    But Rann is not noted for doing anythig sensible.

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