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Eraring extension risks higher power bills and kids’ health

Parents for Climate < 1 mins read

May 23, 2024

 

Parents for Climate is appalled by the NSW Government’s decision to back coal instead of clean energy by extending the life of Australia’s largest coal-fired power station, Eraring, near Newcastle.

 

Nic Seton, CEO for Parents for Climate said: “This go-slow decision on climate action undermines investment in clean energy and increases dangerous climate pollution that is harming NSW families now. Families struggling with bills want to see governments invest in long-term solutions that lower electricity bills, not expensive delays to our clean energy transition.

 

“We know that clean energy is the best way to reduce power bills without polluting the air for little lungs in the Hunter, or making extreme weather worse. This is a backwards step on climate action and a betrayal of our kids, who will cop the impact of years more pollution across their lifetimes. 

 

“NSW is veering off-track from its climate pollution targets and more NSW families are facing increased extreme weather impacts, rising insurance bills, rising costs for fresh produce as climate pollution continues. NSW needs to invest this money in solutions, like batteries and solar panels. 

 

“Our kids need to know we are doing everything we can to reduce carbon pollution as quickly as possible – keeping coal in the mix is not the answer.”

 

ENDS

 

Media queries: Nic Seton, CEO of Parents for Climate - 0407 638 973

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