“There is one energy source we won’t be tapping into while I am the Premier,” Mr Carpenter said.
“There will be no nuclear power, no nuclear waste and uranium mining in WA while I am the Premier.”
The decision was made after strong lobbying by Labor MP Mick Murray and the coal industry which believes the state was too reliant on gas.
This lobbying focused on the Varanus island gas explosion which highlights the risks of becoming reliant on a single energy source. The fact that the coal station failed just days before only compounded this problem.
And my favourite quote from the article:
All our climate change commitments will remain firm - it is clear that coal will be part of the states future energy plans.
The news isn't all bad. Six million dollars will be spent for the the construction of a solar power station in Kalgoorlie and the development of an oil mallee harvesting machine. But if coal power generation is expanding, these efforts will have failed to help mitigate any real emission related issues. This money appears to be not much more than a political payoff enabling the further expansion of the Australian coal industry.