Doctors and community dismayed by solar thermal proposal for Port Augusta being dropped
Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) and the Repower Port Augusta Alliance are disappointed to learn that the federal government and Alinta Energy have abandoned plans to build a concentrated solar thermal power plant in Port Augusta.
The failure by the federal government to back superior technology required for the twenty first century and the failure of Alinta to meet the government’s requirements means South Australia is still stuck with dirty, aging coal-fired power that is continuing to put health at risk.
DEA spokesperson, Dr Ingo Weber said, “Australians will pay for this decision with their health.
“The community is at higher risk of illnesses, lung diseases such as cancer, asthma and bronchitis and shortened lives for as long as the status quo remains.
“South Australians are expected to put up with polluting, inferior technology, whilst at the same time continuing to prop up the fossil fuel industries with billions of dollars of subsidies such as cheap diesel.
“Concentrated solar thermal power is being built overseas on commercial scale, yet in Australia, government and industry seem to lack the commitment to move away from dirty power.
“Concentrated solar thermal would result in cheaper electricity, construction and manufacturing jobs and crucially, better health outcomes for the region.
“This decision does not show the political leadership and foresight required for the twenty first century to ensure better health and sustainable jobs for all Australians,” said Dr Weber.