Australia's ageing coal-fired power stations are dirty, expensive and increasingly unreliable. We must move quickly to replace all coal-fired power stations with renewable energy by 2030.
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What creates air pollution?
Coal fired power stations are one of the largest contributors to air pollution in Australia. Mining and burning coal is the second largest source of mercury emissions. In Sydney, 54% of the nitrogen oxide and 87% of the sulfur dioxide in the air comes from coal fired power stations.
These power stations are polluting at levels which would be illegal in most other countries. According to research done by Environmental Justice Australia, New South Wales air pollution regulations allow coal fired power stations to emit 666 times more mercury than is allowed in the United States, and 33 times more than in China.
Air pollution is toxic
Toxic pollution from coal-burning power stations is affecting our lungs in major cities like Sydney.
Air pollution from coal leads to asthma, heart disease and cancers. According to the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, air pollution causes over 4,000 deaths per year across Australia, which is more than the national road toll.
A nationwide study of 2,880 schoolchildren in Australia found a strong correlation between increased exposure to air pollution and asthma hospitalisation.
How do we fix this?
Luckily, the solution already exists. We must replace coal-fired power stations renewable energy sources by 2030. The only thing lacking is political will.
Renewables, such as solar and wind, are cheaper and more reliable than coal. Battery storage technology is advancing every day, and Tesla's big battery in South Australia is the right move for energy security and ensuring against power network failure in a cleaner and more effective way.
While Australia is already on track to be able to obtain a third of our energy from renewable energy sources in the next two years, we must work together to reach our goal of 100% renewable energy by 2030.
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