This appeared in the Sunraysia Daily, 13 Feb 2012
THE government of Ted Baillieu has recently re-stated its intention to put $50 million of public funds into a dirty coal-fired power station in the Latrobe Valley.
However, previously, the Premier has said that he will match the funding commitment of $100 million to the Mallee solar power station made by the ALP when it was in power.
So far, almost every single action by the Baillieu government on the environment has taken us backwards: our 20 per cent emissions reduction target is now ‘aspirational’, the government has enacted regressive planning policy that shuts off much of the state to job-rich wind energy, and support for solar power is languishing.
The State Government could begin to develop a reputation for positive environmental action by shifting public funding away from coal and towards renewable energy projects like the Mallee Solar Park.
This project would provide jobs and opportunity for the Mildura area, while producing clean and sustainable baseload energy for the state of Victoria.
Friends of the Earth.