Greenpeace are launching what they call the “biggest environmental campaign Australia has ever seen“, targeting the very material we use to heat our homes and power our cities.
ANTI-COAL groups led by Greenpeace are calling for the biggest environmental campaign in Australian history in a bid to disrupt and delay the expansion of the industry.
As a delegation from UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee arrived in Australia to investigate the impact of the gas and coal boom on the Great Barrier Reef, a leaked document outlined plans for a co-ordinated campaign of legal challenges and community activism to limit mining expansion.
Titled ”Stopping the Australian Coal Export Boom”, the detailed plan says the rapid expansion of the industry – particularly the proposed development of ”mega-mines” in central Queensland’s Galilee Basin, expected to yield 240 million tonnes of coal a year – would have devastating consequences for the global climate. It calls for nearly $6 million a year to fund the campaign.
Let’s get an idea of just how radical these groups are. Wayne Swan, fresh off his class warfare rant in the Monthly, has described it as “completely irrational…destructive…deeply irresponsible…(and)…disturbing”. At least he lives in the real world with the rest of us. Resources minister Martin Ferguson has even sicked the feds onto them. Given what a extreme movement these anti-coal folks are a part of, the idea of “community activism” is laughable.
Greenpeace senior campaigner John Hepburn, a co-author of the draft plan, said he was surprised by the ferocity of the criticism. ”I think they are worried about their declining social licence.”
I’d say wanting to damage or destroy one of Australia’s most profitable, most productive industries – which provides employment for over 100 000 people and ensures our energy security – is worthy of harsh criticism. Just imagine the damage these guys could do if they were in charge.