“Galilee Basin – Unburnable Coal”: Climate Council Report:
The world is on track to have its hottest year on record for the second year in a row. And yet, yesterday the Turnbull Government gave the green light for massive coal expansion in the Galilee Basin.
Burning coal for electricity is one of the key drivers of climate change. There’s no other way to say it: opening new coal mines is fundamentally incompatible with tackling climate change.
The Galilee Basin is huge. The Climate Council Report quantifies the global climate impact of opening the Galilee Basin it to coal mining. If all of the Galilee Basin’s coal was burned an estimated 705 million tonnes of carbon dioxide would be released each year. That’s more than 1.3 times Australia’s entire national emissions every year.
It is vital that we shift the public conversation so that it is impossible for any government – Liberal, Labor, State or Federal – to make decisions like this that exacerbate climate change.
CEO – Climate Council
In Australia, both Coalition and Labor remain wedded to fossil fuels
The response to Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s approval of the massive Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin was as swift as it was damming.
The decision has appalled environmentalists and academics, and attracted the attention of international media, particularly in the context of the Paris climate talks, just weeks ago.
But it shouldn’t be forgotten that this is a bipartisan position between both major parties.
Opposition energy spokesman and former energy minister Gary Gray sends out a media statement nearly every week declaring his support for the Carmichael coal mine project.
“I support this project,” Gray said in another press release following Hunt’s approval on Thursday. “This project is of great importance to Queensland and to Australia. Australia’s coal exports are important to our customers and our mining communities.”
Renew Economy: 16 Oct 2015: Giles Parkinson
Key Words: Climate Change, OzPolitics
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