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IPCC puts Newcastle coal centre stage for climate change

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 3 Nov 2014

Newcastle's fourth coal terminal is back under the spotlight, with the release of the fifth report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which says we need to stop burning coal for electricity by 2100 said NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon.

"If it goes ahead, the greenhouse gas emissions from coal exported through the fourth coal terminal would be 300 million tonnes a year, which is more than every power station, plane, ship, rail and vehicle in Australia combined," said Senator Rhiannon.

"The IPCC report makes it clear to the federal and NSW governments there is no long term market for coal exports.

"Each IPCC assessment report has emphasised the increased risk to our food, water and the economy because of climate change.

"As China moves away from coal, and its price drops, the urgent need for a transition plan is increasingly necessary.

"Governments are neglecting the Newcastle and broader Hunter region as they continue to lock us in with the fossil fuel industry.

"The IPCC has also warned that ‘mitigation policy could devalue fossil fuel assets and reduce revenues for fossil fuel exporters'.

"We must stop treating NSW as an international quarry and invest in renewable technology and research.

"And we must say no to the multitude of coal projects that communities across NSW are fighting, starting with the fourth coal terminal in Newcastle," said Senator Rhiannon.

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