Chinese investors have proposed a plan for the stations on Hunter Economic Zone land. DEA's Dr John Van Der Kallen comments that "It's ludicrous to think anyone's contemplating it while the world faces a climate change emergency. Are they on another planet? It's the wrong proposal at the wrong place and the wrong time," he said. Read the full article here.
Economists have also slammed the proposal, saying coal cannot be supported over renewable power based on cost, and climate change expert and Australian National University Professor Will Steffen, said it was "basically an insane proposal which doesn't make economic sense and certainly doesn't make climate change sense. Not only do we have to rapidly reduce existing emissions to meet that target, we have to stop any new proposals such as this, and the proposed Bylong coal mine."
DEA Hunter spokesperson and University of Newcastle lecturer Dr Ben Ewald said the site was 25 kilometres from Newcastle and would increase coal-fired air pollution for about 500,000 people, despite promotion of the power stations as "high https://www.theherald.com.au/story/5941862/academics-pan-hunter-power-station-plan/, low emission. I think we should be very concerned about this on health grounds because if it was built it would put a substantial health burden on the Hunter, especially when there's perfectly good renewable energy options available that are being put forward by AGL when it closes Liddell power station," Dr Ewald said.