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Australia: Back Clean Energy!

Australia: Back Clean Energy!

THERE IS NO TIME TO WASTE

Right now, Australia is suffering through heatwaves, droughts and bushfires. And climate change is making these extremes normal.
 

A federal election will be held this year, but the Morrison Government wants to burn as much coal as possible. And the opposition’s policy doesn’t do enough to encourage renewable energy investment, or to tackle climate change.

Call on both major parties to immediately commit to replacing all coal-fired power stations with renewable energy by 2030!

Australia's ageing coal-fired power stations are dirty, expensive and increasingly unreliable. 

WHY IS COAL SO UNRELIABLE?

During heatwaves, the demand for electricity spikes (mostly due to the use of air conditioning), placing enormous pressure on the electricity grid.

Coal-fired power stations require cooling to function. This is obviously a problem during extreme heat and they can overheat and fail.1 Like an old car, equipment needs replacing often, and repairs can take days.

Last year, black coal plants in the National Energy Market broke down 74 times (once every five days).3 When they trip, they can’t be switched back on quickly, making blackouts more likely to occur. 

HOW DO WE REPLACE COAL?

The solution already exists. The only thing lacking is political will. We must replace coal-fired power stations with renewable energy by 2030.

While coal-fired power plants struggle, solar panels turn all that sun into energy.

Solar and wind power is cheap and reliable. Battery storage like the Tesla big battery in South Australia can save the day during peak electricity use, supplying stored energy quickly into the grid.

CALL ON THE MAJOR POLITICAL PARTIES TO ACT NOW

To Scott Morrison (Liberal leader) and Bill Shorten (Labor leader):

I care about climate change and I vote.

I call on you to commit to replacing all coal-fired power stations with renewable energy by 2030!

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