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Australia to Fund Study Into New Coal-Fired Power Station

  • Government to provide A$4 million for feasibility study
  • New coal plant in Queensland would be first in over a decade
General Images Of Coal Stockpiles At Newcastle Port

Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

The Australian government will give financial backing to a study into a new coal-fired power plant in Queensland that it said would lower power prices and improve grid reliability, drawing criticism from environmentalists who say it’s not doing enough to tackle climate change.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has been a staunch supporter of the coal industry in the face of a growing backlash against the heavy polluting fuel. Criticism over the lack of a coherent climate policy has intensified following the devastating bushfires that swept across the country this summer.