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Adani’s mine a disaster for the Great Barrier Reef: Peter Garrett

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE,24 October: Former Environment Minister and rock music icon Peter Garrett, in a prestigious National Press Club address in Canberra today, has criticised Australian governments for supporting Adani’s coal mine which he says will accelerate climate change and threaten the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.

Mr Garrett was Federal Environment Minister for the Labor Government from 2007-2010 and Cabinet Minister from 2007-13. A member of the Order of Australia for contributions to the music industry and environment, Mr. Garrett is a lead singer of Midnight Oil, one of Australia’s most successful bands.

Mr. Garrett’s speech condemns the proposed AU$1 billion loan of public money to Mr. Adani’s project, for a mine which he notes is opposed by the indigenous people, will take vast amounts of water from Australian farmers and put the Great Barrier Reef and jobs which rely on the Reef at risk.

On the growing public push in Australia to stop the coal mine going ahead, Mr. Garrett said, “The Stop Adani campaign, the fourth major fight to save the Reef, is a defining moment that must be won if we are to have any hope of preserving a safe climate and the Reef.”

Mr. Garrett pledged that his world famous rock band, Midnight Oil, will support Australians rallying to oppose the project.

The Australian Marine Conservation Society’s Fight for Our Reef Campaign Director Imogen Zethoven said most Australians believe the state of the Great Barrier Reef is a national emergency. They want governments to reduce carbon pollution and invest more public money in clean energy sources like solar and wind.

“Our Great Barrier Reef has already suffered two back-to-back bleaching events driven by climate change. As a result, half of all the Reef’s shallow water corals bleached and died.

“Any threat to the Reef is also a threat to the 64,000 workers who depend on a healthy Reef for their livelihoods, not to mention the $6 billion it generates every year for the Australian economy,” Ms. Zethoven said.

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Greenpeace slams $ one billion taxpayer funding for Adani mine rail

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Photo: International Railway Journal

By SAT News Desk

Sydney, 3 December 2016 – The Turnbull government using taxpayer money for the Carmichael coal rail line is a train wreck of an idea, says Greenpeace Australia Pacific.

The Courier-Mail reported the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility has given conditional approval for up to $1bn in taxpayer funding for the North Galilee Basin Rail project that would exclusively service the Carmichael mine. During the election campaign, the Prime Minister said there would be no public funding for the Carmichael coal mine.

“This is a train wreck of an idea and it must be stopped. No more taxpayer money should be wasted on coal projects that threaten our Great Barrier Reef,” said Greenpeace Australia Pacific reef campaigner Shani Tager.

“Malcolm Turnbull already promised not to waste Australian taxpayers’ money on a project that could be a death sentence for the Great Barrier Reef. Now he’s tearing up that promise at a time when the Great Barrier Reef is fighting for survival.

“While the world is moving away from coal, the federal government is looking at funding a project that some of the biggest banks in the world won’t go near and the Queensland Treasury has called unbankable. It’s absurd to prop up a project that banks won’t touch.

“It’s outrageous that two days after the government had to report to Unesco on how it is protecting the Great Barrier Reef, it’s now throwing money at the Carmichael mine that would be disastrous for the reef’s health.”

Just last month the former chairperson and chief executive of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority called for a ban on new coal mines in order to conserve the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

If it ever got to full production, the 28,000ha Carmichael coal mine would put 121 million tons of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere each year and ship 60 million tons of coal directly through the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.

Greenpeace unhappy with Labor’s Coal policy

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Sydney, 27 April 2016: The ALP’s climate policy, announced today, does not go far enough to protect our environment from the rapid and unpredictable damage of global warming, Greenpeace Australia Pacific warned today.

“Now is not the time for half-measures on climate change,” said Greenpeace Climate and Energy Campaigner, Nikola Čašule. “The Great Barrier Reef is dying before our eyes. We are experiencing record temperatures, month after month.”

Greenpeace last week released its Exporting climate change, killing the Reef report, which found that Australia’s carbon emissions exports, via the coal mining industry, are almost double its domestic emissions.

“The ALP has differentiated itself from the Coalition with encouraging policy positions on renewables and domestic energy, but it has failed to address Australia’s biggest contribution to dangerous global warming: our expanding coal exports. To meet the ambition of the Paris climate agreement, over 90 per cent of Australia’s coal will need to stay in the ground. The time for weak policies, written under the shadow of the fossil fuel industry, is over,” Dr. Čašule said.

“While a clear improvement on the status quo, Labor’s domestic emissions target itself remains insufficient to prevent dangerous levels of warming. The ALP has also missed the opportunity to deliver a bold, powerful policy to end taxpayer subsidies for fossil fuels once and for all.”

Greenpeace is calling on Australians to vote for a sustainable, Coal Free future in the upcoming federal election.

“Elections are always about power,” said Dr. Čašule. “This election will be about what kind of power Australians want, now and into the future. It’s time to leave dirty 19th-century coal behind, and embrace the 21st century’s clean, renewable energy. It’s time for a Coal Free Australia that will protect our environment, our climate, and the Great Barrier Reef.”

- SAT News Service

Adani mine approval challenged in court

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By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 9 November 2015: The Adani owned Chermichael Coal megamine approval by the Queensland government has been challenged by the Australian Conservation Foundation. The earlier approval which was struck done by a court was later reapproved last month by the Queensland Environment Minister Greg Hunt. The challenge is a judicial review of the Minister’s approval.

The Carmichael coal mine would be an absolute disaster for the Great Barrier Reef, our climate and the local environment if it proceeds,” said Shani Tager, Greenpeace Australia Pacific Reef Campaigner in a media release.

“They want a 28,000-hectare coal mine which will be responsible for 120 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year and require millions of tonnes of seafloor in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area to be dredged.

“If Minister Hunt and the Turnbull Government were serious about protecting the environment, they would have rejected this mine the first and the second time it came across their desks.

“It’s clear that they cannot be relied on to make decisions in the best interests of the community and the environment, so this legal challenge by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACL) is crucial,” said Ms. Tager.

Meanwhile, the Mackay Conservation Group has welcomed the ACF legal action against the mine approval, in a media release.

Mackay Conservation Group acting coordinator, Peter McCallum, said “we welcome the intervention of Australia’s pre-eminent environmental organization in this legal process.”

Queensland treasury officials have called the mine “unbankable” and 14 international banks have said they won’t fund the project, which still needs $16billion to proceed.

- SAT News Service.