ABC News Online, 8 September 2009
The New South Wales Government has been urged to scrap plans for a new coal-fired power station in the Upper Hunter because carbon capture and storage will not be ready for decades.
Two sites have been identified for future power stations including including Bayswater B, which has been earmarked for either a coal or gas-fired plant.
Research presented on ABC1's Four Corner's program last night suggests carbon capture technology will not be viable for 30 years.
Greens' MP John Kaye says plans for future coal-fired plants should be abandoned.
"The Rees Government's pushing ahead with the myth of carbon capture and storage to try and disguise the fact that their coal-fired power station building program will push up the state's greenhouse gas emissions by a massive 57 per cent," he said.
"The only way they can justify that is by saying that some day soon they will be able to bury the carbon from those power stations."