Australian Politics Nah… The Government Wouldn’t Do That!

Greg Hunt gives the go-ahead to the Abbot Point coal terminal

Its not enough that the Abbott government don’t believe that climate change is affecting planet Earth, now they are actively seeking to give it a hand by approving the creation of one of the world’s largest coal ports near the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Sparking outrage from conservationists and the Greens, the Abbott government is determined to build the coal terminal expansion at Bowen in north Queensland. Hunt also approved Arrow Energy’s Liquefied Natural Gas project on Curtis Island in central Queensland, and a transmission pipeline to the island. Millions of cubic metres of spoil must be dredged and dumped near the reef for the coal port to be constructed

Big improvements to water quality are required as a condition of the projects. Hunt went on to say that:

There’s a 150 per cent net benefit (theres no such thing Mr Hunt, you can only go up to 100%) requirement for water quality. It means that we’ll make permanent improvement to the Burdekin and the Don rivers, which will mean a permanent net benefit to the quality of water in the reef,” said he.

Click this link to read the 3 page, ‘The Arrow LNG Plant Booklet, it definitely looks like they have taken on Liberal party scantyisms in creating ‘all the details you will ever need to know about in relation to the Arrow Energy and LNP bipartisanship.

Approval ‘invites reef in danger’ listing

The approval of the expansion, which involves several major new terminals, has angered the Greens.

Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters says the approvals show criminal disregard for the Barrier Reef.

“The Abbott Government has sacrificed the climate and the Great Barrier Reef for overseas mining companies with its approval today of the world’s largest coal port and another CSG plant in our Great Barrier Reef,” she said.

Photo: The Greens say the approvals show criminal disregard for the Barrier Reef. (ABC)

“The Prime Minister is ignoring the World Heritage committee’s warnings about the mass industrialisation of the reef, and is inviting a World Heritage ‘in danger’ listing.

“The coal to be mined from the Galilee Basin and exported through Abbot Point each year which will create more CO2 emissions a year than produced by both Denmark and Portugal combined.”

Do you support the expansion of the Abbot Point coal terminal at Bowen? Have your say.

Its not enough that natural resources have already peeked, governments still try and rape the last vestige of the worlds wonders rather than build infrastructural new and clean energies to support the planet into the future. The huge problem that they simply deny, is that there will be no planet into the future and all this money that they are trying to hoard away will simply become toilet paper because there will be no economy to support.

Think now and save the planet, ignore peak and we are lost.



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