Target: Australian Minister for Resources and Energy Martin Ferguson
Goal: To replace Australia’s dirtiest power station with a clean energy alternative.
The Hazelwood power station in Australia’s Latrobe Valley is in desperate need of change. As a brown coal fueled base-load power station, it is easily the dirtiest source of power generation in Australia. This single site produces sixteen million tons of greenhouse gasses every year. This number is not only responsible for roughly three percent of the carbon dioxide emissions in the entirety of Australia, but is also one of the very few single plants to have a measurable impact on world totals, outputting .057% of global measured carbon dioxide emissions.
Phrased another way, the Hazelwood power station single-handedly outputs nearly the same amount of greenhouse emissions as former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s emission reduction target for 2020. This is not the only problematic aspect to the outdated plant as it also uses over twenty-seven billion liters of water per year, roughly the same as the entire city of Melbourne consumes in a month.
It should be good news that Australian government entered into negotiations with the owners of the Hazelwood power station to work towards cleaner alternatives. Unfortunately, there is a tremendous concern that as the approaching deadline of June 30 nears, the government may elect to simply walk away from the negotiating table.
Should this happen, it would be a tragedy as the long term environmental ramifications could be dire. Greenhouse gases, such as those generated by coal-burning power plants like Hazelwood, are a primary contributor to climate change and global warming.
Replacing Hazelwood with cleaner renewable energy sources would make a tremendous statement towards Australia’s commitment to the environment by significantly reducing the nation’s carbon dioxide emissions.
I urge you to lend your voice in asking the Australian government to make this change a reality.
Dear Minister Ferguson,
The Hazelwood power station is an outdated relic ill-suited to the task of supplying power in today’s far more ecologically-aware society. The brown coal fueled base-load power station has proven itself the dirtiest source of energy in Australia, and perhaps the single greatest pollutant in Australia as well.
It is responsible for over sixteen million tons in greenhouse gas emissions every year. This number not only comprises three percent of the carbon dioxide emissions for the entirety of Australia, but is also makes the plant one of the very few individual power plants that have a measurable impact on world emission totals, outputting .057% of the global measured carbon dioxide emissions.
That is not the sole environmental impact this power station has, however. It also is the single largest source of dioxin pollutants in all of Australia. Beyond this, the power station consumes massive amounts of water to run as well– in total sixteen million tons per year. This staggering number is enough to provide an entire month of water for the whole city of Melbourne.
These numbers are completely unacceptable. The negotiations currently under way with the owners of the power station cannot be shelved simply because an arbitrary June 30 deadline is drawing near.
This power station must be replaced by clean renewable energy sources to protect the environment, as well as reaffirm Australia’s commitment to reducing greenhouse emissions as outlined by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, whose desire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by roughly five percent before 2020 would be nearly accomplished solely by replacing this single power station.
I urge you, make the right choice and replace Hazelwood power station with clean renewable energy sources today.
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