Planning Australia’s future energy landscape well in advance provides important opportunities to address challenges facing us and maximize energy efficiency, and security, as well as health and environmental co-benefits. However, we find the Energy White Paper (EWP) significantly flawed due to omissions or failure to consider the following important factors:......
The Great Barrier Reef is of “natural significance which is so exceptional as to transcend national boundaries and is of common importance for present and future generations of all humanity” (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO). A healthy reef provides multiple benefits directly and indirectly to humans via marine biodiversity, tourism and the fishing industry and indeed human health depends in part on sustainable fulfilling employment and is linked to the health of the reef. The loss of the Great Barrier Reef will have adverse long term effects on the health and well being of Queenslanders and the nation. The loss will be economic through damage to the tourism industry, fishing and recreation which presently provide sustainable employment. There will also be direct health impacts resulting from toxic industries deployed adjacent to coast waters. The fundamental cause of this developing scenario is a government failure of understanding and regulation and unwillingness to address the problems of development because of the short term economic gains they provide.
We strongly support emission reductions and support any part of the Direct Action Plan which can be demonstrated to be effective. As a health advocacy organisation DEA expresses its opinion to the Senate Enquiry because any policy or regulatory mechanisms that effects a change in greenhouse gas emissions, directly or through associated or secondary social and environmental effects, will have health implications. DEA believes that Direct Action should be based on sound scientific principles and on economic rationalism, the two disciplines which are the basis of Western development...............
Electricity generated from Anglesea Power Station is not required to ensure the reliability of Victoria’s electricity requirements, or that of the Port Henry Aluminium Smelter. Anglesea coal has an extremely high sulphur content leading to large amounts of SO2 being emitted from its combustion. Sulphur dioxide is an acute respiratory irritant with no safe exposure levels and the Anglesea Power Station is within close proximity of the town boundary and primary school.
The SEIS confirms the view of Doctors for the Environment Australia, previously expressed in response to the EIS, that the development should not be approved without further studies, particularly health and economic assessments; evidence is not presented that the project has benefit to the Australian community.
DEA will again outline the health imperative to reduce Australia`s emissions as quickly as possible. We present the strong case for increasing Australia`s emission reduction target from 5% to 25%, in line with other progressive nations and based on current climate science. In this submission we will again argue that increasing Australia`s CO2 reduction target will have significant health co-benefits for the Australian public and conversely the failure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will have major health impacts on our citizens in both the short, and particularly the longer, term.
Although mining is not a new industry to Tasmania, this proposal, which is expected to produce over 8 million tonnes of coal to be burnt at a later stage, would mark Tasmania as yet another contributor to climate change through increasing utilization of fossil fuels. DEA has a number of concerns that this proposal, if allowed to proceed, would be to the detriment of human health in Tasmania and of global public health.
Impacts of the current proposal do not stop at the perimeter fence. The loading of an extra 70 million tonnes per annum of coal is covered by this planning assessment process, but that 70 Mtpa has to be brought to port in 9,855 trains per year making 19,710 trips through each suburb along the coal corridor. This extra transport task has significant health and environmental effects.........
This submission will be focused on the potential health implications of hydraulic fracturing and the processes that implicitly accompany it..................... The combined process, that is often just referred to as hydraulic fracturing, has really only emerged over the last decade. Consequently there is very limited evidence regarding its health or environmental impacts in the short to medium term and no long term data.
In our submission we argue that repealing the Clean Energy Legislation and related Bills removes a vitally important public health measure. Accordingly, DEA is strongly opposed to these repeals.
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