Energy woes massive drain on economy
THE QUESTION ALL NORTH QUEENSLANDERS MUST ASK THEMSELVES IS … CAN YOU AFFORD ANOTHER THREE YEARS OF LABOR?
NORTH Queensland is missing out on affordable and reliable electricity and the jobs, industry and opportunity that comes with having secure base- load power.
This is simply not good enough.
It currently costs more than twice as much to deliver electricity to Townsville compared with Gladstone – and North Queenslanders are paying the price.
North Queensland residents, businesses and industries shouldn’t miss out on affordable and reliable electricity because Labor is trying to win inner- city Green preferences.
Labor aren’t interested in lowering electricity prices for North Queenslanders – if they had their way, electricity would be a luxury afforded to only a select few.
In fact, Annastacia Palaszczuk and her Energy Minister Mark Bailey – who appears to moonlight as a Greens activist – have publicly ruled out supporting a coal- fired power station for North Queensland.
The question all North Queenslanders must ask themselves is … can you afford another three years of Labor?
A major study by Townsville Enterprise determined a coal- fired power station in North Queensland would put strong downward pressure on electricity prices for households, businesses and industry.
Over the past month, Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel and the Minerals Council of Australia have released reports that show electricity from coal- fired power stations is cheaper than renewables.
The cost to build an ultrasupercritical coal- fired power station is $ 2.2 billion.
The power station would have a lifespan of seven decades. Compare that price to the $ 3 billion Australians are paying each year in subsidies for renewable energy.
Unlike Labor, coal is not a dirty word with the Liberal National Party.
That is why the LNP, if successful at the upcoming state election, would declare a North Queensland ultra- supercritical coal- fired power station as a priority project – no ifs, no buts and no maybes.
An ultra- supercritical coalfired power station produces up to 40 per cent less emissions than current power stations.
These state- of- the- art power stations operate throughout the world, including in Germany, Italy, India, South Korea, Japan, Poland, Indonesia, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Slovenia, the United States, South Africa and China.
The purpose of declaring a priority project is to overcome any unreasonable delays in obtaining necessary approvals.
The LNP will always base its energy policies on affordability and security, not ideology.