The National aka The Loggers Times | August 17, 2016
COAL projects should not be developed in PNG as part of the national government’s effort in enforcing the Climate Change Bill, Parliament was told yesterday.
Chuave MP Wera Mori said this during debate on the Climate Change Bill.
“We must not encourage coal project in PNG anyway. It is dirty and will contribute to the climate change by global warming.”
Mori was reacting to a media report of a proposed coal project in Gulf that had the potential of running a 50-megawatt power station for 30 years. The project was proposed by an Australian developer.
He said Papua New Guineans, especially children, need to be encouraged to grow trees.
Madang Governor Jim Kas said climate change was “no laughing matter” as rising sea levels were affecting the Madang coastline with sea flowing onto land and killing grass.
“Also mosquito-borne diseases are now affecting people in the Highlands. Every year we lose parts of the roads along the Highlands Highways way due to extensive land slide damage. We have lost the Carteret Islands in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville due to sea level rising,” Kas said.
Northern Governor Gary Juffa said there should not be illegal logging if the national government was serious about implementing the Climate Change Act.
Finance Minister James Marape said he was dismayed that industrialised countries such as the United States, China, Germany, Japan and Australia which contributed to more that 10 per cent of carbon emissions, were not complying with the Kyoto Protocol.