THE Coalition’s rush to implement the National Energy Guarantee looks set to lock in a continued reliance on fossil fuels for our energy-- despite clean alternatives, writes DEA's Dr Rohan Church. While Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull may claim to be "technology-agnostic" when it comes to securing our energy, it's impossible to remain agnostic when faced with the significant disease burden from coal-fired power generation. Read more HERE.
With a low 26 per cent emissions reduction target for the energy sector, the NEG will not boost investment in renewable energy in Tasmania (or anywhere in Australia for that matter).
Continued use of fossil fuels will have a disastrous impact on human health through poor air quality and climate change impacts.
Australia is already paying for many health consequences of climate change, including increased hospital admissions for heat-related illness in increasingly frequent and severe heatwaves, spreading infectious diseases and unpredictable drought and floods.
In Tasmania, severe bushfires in recent years have seen the loss of life, property and livestock and record-breaking floods that have lead to tragic deaths and lasting health consequences.
When adding the human health toll, coal is definitely not cheap.
Read the full story HERE
(note there is a paywall).
Rohan Church is a medical practitioner and current Tasmanian Chair of Doctors for the Environment Australia
First published in The Mercury on 24 July 2018