A spokesman for Mr Taylor said in response, “The Morrison Government is delivering record levels of investment in renewables, cutting emissions, and reducing energy prices for Australian households. Facts that Labor, the Climate and Health Alliance and other activist groups choose to ignore.”
In the letter the doctors said there is already a noticeable health impact from increased frequency and intensity of bushfires, floods, dust storms, drought and extreme heat in Australia.
“As a result, Australians are already seeing higher rates of respiratory illness, diarrhoea and morbidity requiring hospital admission during hot days, and higher rates of suicide in rural areas during drought years.
“The burning of fossil fuels such as coal and gas that drives global warming is also a major contributor to air pollution – this silent killer is linked to the premature deaths of 3000 Australians each year. Higher levels of air pollution are also associated with increasing illness and death related to ischaemic heart disease, chronic obstructive airways disease, lung cancer and asthma.”
They wrote that the annual cost to Australia from air pollution mortality alone is estimated to be $11.1-$24.3 billion.
The letter was co-ordinated by the Australian Conservation Foundation.