Idiots. Funds expended on “tackling climate change” are pure waste, diverted from doing things of actual use to people and/or the environment. Affordable power bestows far greater health benefits than the largely illusory “ills” of coal-fired generation. There is no upside to gorebull warbling.
State and Territory governments are being urged to crunch the numbers to determine the “health dividend” of tackling climate change.
A review of recent studies, released on Tuesday, suggests coal-fired power in Australia costs the community $2.6 billion a year through lung, heart and nervous-system diseases.
The annual health cost of pollution from cars, trucks and other fossil-fuelled transport is estimated to be $3.3 billion.
But the Our Uncashed Dividend report, produced by the Climate and Health Alliance and the Climate Institute, says updated figures are needed because the health dividend of tackling climate change is largely untapped.
“Economic evaluation of the health benefits of emissions reductions in Australian jurisdictions would provide economic, social and political incentives for action and help build public support for climate mitigation,” the report states.