Gary Wood is the secretary of the WA district of the CFMEU mining and energy division. Gary wrote this piece for the West Australian in July 2011.
As someone who has spent a large part of his life working on coal mines and who now represents workers in the coal industry, some people may be surprised that I support a price on carbon pollution, which I see as an important and positive development for WA workers.These people will understand my views when the emotion and scaremongering abates. A carbon price, properly phased in, is vital for the future of mineworkers and the rest of the WA workforce.
A recent article by Britain’s conservative Minister for Transport, Norman Baker, addressed the issue of the environment being a luxury we can little afford suggesting that creating growth and cutting carbon are two sides of the same coin.
From the article:
“The way to grow jobs is not by propping up the past, but by investing in the future.”
Empower WA is a collection of local community sector groups who believe that as West Australians we can reduce our bills, create jobs and fight climate change through positive policies and initiatives.
We are working together to create a better future for our children.
A vision for WA
As West Australians, we are in a prime position to take advantage of green technology and new ways of doing things.
The EMPOWERWA project was officially launched this morning.
A big thanks to the Greenhouse for providing the venue, and to our fabulous speakers from this morning, Josh Byrne, Piers Verstegen and Zaneta Mascarenhas.
Here's the video we showed this morning of Rex's vision for a cleaner energy future.
Collgar Wind Farm is a $750 million renewable power project located near Merredin in the central wheat belt.
Merredin farmers have leased portions of their properties to Collgar Wind Farm as part of the largest single stage wind farm in the southern hemisphere to date.
The $31 million ‘Perth Project’ will see the first CETO wave energy generation plant, located on Garden Island, up and running by the end of next year.
Carnegie Wave Energy, a Perth-based public company, is the owner of this unique technology which delivers desalinated water and zero emission power.
Last Week, three of the EmpowerWA team took a road trip to the Collgar Wind Farm.
WA will welcome its first addition of large-scale commercial solar power by the middle of this year.
Just 50 km southeast of Geraldton, the ‘Greenough River Solar Farm’ will utilise 150,000 solar panels on its 80-hectare property to displace 25,000 tonnes of greenhouse emissions per year.
This is equivalent to taking 5,000 cars off the road.