Paola Harvey, Socialist Alliance candidate for Keira, has called on the NSW government to reverse its January 14 approval for a second gas-fired power station at Tallawarra.
She said the government should make plans to phase out coal and gas-fired power and invest in a large-scale size solar-thermal power station.
Harvey said the decision to build the gas-fired station was “suicidal in the context of global warming”.
“The recent tragic floods highlight the need to act now,” she said. “While climate change isn't the sole cause of these events, there's undeniable scientific evidence that it is increasing their devastating effects.
“The cost of continuing our reliance on fossil fuels will far outweigh the cost of phasing them out and replacing them with renewable, non-polluting alternatives.”