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Groom's Expensive Basslink Bandaid

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Thursday, 25 February 2016

Tags: Basslink, Renewable Energy

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

Today's Basslink update makes it clear we still don't know where the fault in the cable is located, how long it will take to fix, and even if it can be fixed at all.

Minister Groom’s only plan is to keep throwing more diesel generators at the problem, which shocks many Tasmanians.

Diesel generation is an incredibly costly and polluting way to produce electricity. It’s a bandaid that will stem the blood flow, but not heal the wound.

Minister Groom has been exposed as either incompetent or dishonest. For the last two months he’s been telling Tasmanians that everything’s under control and to remain calm.

Diesel generation is only a short-term solution, and a dirty one at that. There's no hiding there’s an energy crisis anymore, with no end in sight.

The long term solution is generate more renewable energy to make our state more self-sufficient, as laid out in the Greens Energy Strategy.