Stop Cobbora coal mine
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The O'Farrell Government's plans to develop a giant coal mine in Cobbora in NSW's Central West will be a financial and environmental burden on the states for decades to come.
Cobbora will be heavily subsidised by public funds, imposing a cost of $3.5
billion on NSW taxpayers. This is money that could be used to expand and create jobs in the renewable energy sector.
Proceeding with the development of the mine will perpetuate the expansion of dirty coal-fired electricity, costing billions of dollars in additional power infrastructure and driving up power bills. It is low grade coal which means even more coal needs to be dug up to end up with any that's useable for the power stations.
By securing a cheap source of coal for the state's power generators, Cobbora is being used to 'entice a buyer for the power stations. Households will bear the ongoing costs of supplying subsidised coal to private owners of the State's power stations.
The petitioners request that the Government:
1. Agrees to abandon plans to develop Cobbora coal mine
2. Dumps attempts to lock NSW into a heavily subsidised coal future
3. Invests any funds earmarked for Cobbora in renewable energy projects.
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