“If we don’t change direction soon,
we’ll end up where we’re heading”
— IEA Energy Outlook, 2011
Over the past five years, the Queensland government has spent over $6.9 billion subsidising port, rail, road and other infrastructure for the benefit of the fossil fuel industry.
This heavily subsidised industry is now taking jobs away from other sectors as the high Australian dollar, due to the mining boom, causes other sectors such as manufacturing to contract. As well, social and economic dislocation has been reported in communities/towns located close to mining centres.
This analysis of Energy Policy in Queensland is contained in a report by Trevor Berrill released one week out from the 2012 Queensland State Election. The report is “Clean Energy Pathways? A Review of Energy Policy in Queensland with A Regional Case Study of the Impacts on the Felton Valley”
It identifies the scale of subsidies to the fossil fuel industry in Queensland over the past 5 years and the external costs of coal fired electricity to this state each year. According to the Berrill report, the external costs of pollution from Queensland’s current coal-fired electricity generation stations are in the order of $6 billion annually against coal mining royalties of about $2.3 billion.
It shows how the coal to liquid fuels project at Felton does nothing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Queensland’s transport sector and contrasts this proposal with a Sustainable Energy Plan for the region prepared by himself in 2010.
Friends of Felton organised an official media launch of the report on Fri (17 March 2012) at Toowoomba. This report (click on Clean Energy Pathways – Qld Energy Policy Review V2.pdf ) was part funded by the Friends of Felton group. www.fof.org.au fighting to stop a coal to liquid fuel mine and petrochemical plant on the Darling Downs.
Interview with Trevor Berrill on Energy policies in Queensland
Trevor Berrill is happy to give public presentations of this report.
His contact details are:
Sustainable Energy Systems Consultant & Educator
Other articles on Workers BushTelegraph that demonstrate systemic failure of the economic and political system to properly manage Queensland’s water, power, and transport systems in an ecologically sustainable way are:
21 April 2013