Environment Minister approves Australia’s largest coal mine – animals under threat
Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has made a decision that will have a huge impact on life on Earth. He approved Adani’s giant Carmichael Coal Mine – a move that blows apart global efforts to cut pollution and threatens life locally and globally.
Mr Hunt on Thursday said the Carmichael coal mine n the Galilee Basin in remote central Queensland, proposed by Indian mining giant Adani, has been given the green light after the Federal Court in August set aside the previous approval. The Mackay Conservation Group launched its Federal Court challenge in January, alleging greenhouse gas emissions from the mine and vulnerable species like the ornamental snake and the yakka skink, as well as Adani’s environmental track record had not been taken into account.
The project, which will produce up to 60 million tonnes of coal for export a year, has faced staunch opposition because its Abbot Point terminals are located close to the Great Barrier Reef.
National Australia Bank has said it will not fund the mine and other banks are being pressured to follow suit.
The Screws are being tightened – there is even an under-hand un-ethical movement to stop opposition to these hugely monied and vested ventures.
Environment groups will be forbidden from challenging large developments in court as the Abbott government responds to the controversial decision that stopped Australia’s largest coal project – Adani’s Carmichael coal mine – in its tracks.
Attorney-General George Brandis will move to repeal a section of Australia’s environment laws that allows conservationists to challenge environment approvals for mining projects and other large developments.
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Poll after poll shows Australians want clean air and water, a healthy Reef and a future powered by sun, wind and waves.
And countries around the world, from China, to the Netherlands to the USA all the way to Costa Rica are taking great leaps to leave the dirty energy of the past behind and embrace the clean energy of the future.
If this mine goes ahead, this one mine will add more pollution to global warming than the whole of New Zealand, drain billions of litres of precious groundwater, irreversibly damage our Reef and drive threatened wildlife further towards extinction, without the informed consent of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners.
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