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The government is being called on to stop the Adani coal mine going ahead amidst reports that they are just weeks away from reaching financial closure and could be just months away from starting to digging within months.

‘It is beyond belief that we are fighting Adani’s monstrous coal mine when climate change, driven mainly by mining and burning coal, has had such a massive impact on our Great Barrier Reef,’ said Australian Marine Conservation Society spokesperson Imogen Zethoven.

‘This comes less than a week after urgent warnings that there could be another severe coral bleaching event this coming summer. If Adani’s monstrous coal mine goes ahead it will accelerate dangerous climate change, put our Reef in even more danger and threaten 64,000 tourism jobs.

With two-thirds of Australian’s are said to be against the mine Ms Zethoven said ‘It would be a brave politician that would support this mine going ahead. Australians want the Reef protected and they want strong climate policy not more coal mines.

‘Adani is currently in Court over allegations that they have polluted the Reef with coal-contaminated water. They are under investigation for potential illegal drilling at the mine site. This is not a company that can be trusted with our Reef.

‘According to media reports, Adani is keen to avoid being dragged into next year’s federal election. AMCS and its 260,000 supporters will be making it very clear all the way to the federal election that people don’t want this Reef-wrecking mine.

People are angry and exasperated at the state of our Great Barrier Reef, which has lost half of its coral cover in the rolling coral bleaching event of 2016/17. Australia’s peak marine tourism industry* in Cairns has called for urgent climate change action. Australia’s peak national farming body, the National Farmers Federation has just come out and warned that climate change is making the current drought worse.

‘What more proof does the federal government need before they block this mine and change course towards a clean energy future?

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  1. We should trust our federal government. It’s one of the finest federal governments money can buy.
    I wonder if they understand this would be bigger than Bentley? I hear the death rattle of coal.

  2. You can’t just give up coal fired power generation overnight; especially if you don’t have anything reliable and equally cheap to replace it with. Without government incentives, companies will not invest if they can’t get their power sold at a profit, so the longer term changeover to wind and wave turbines will take even longer. And then there’s those who seem to object to anything new, including those who get “headaches” from the “noise” of a wind farm. Meanwhile, the rest of us either have no power, or expensive power, both of which is occurring at the moment!
    Why do some people not understand that a realistic change to power sources requires patience, investment and cooperation. There is no tooth fairy granting overnight wishes in this industry and it is totally naive to think otherwise.

    • Two things: one, none of the coal from the Adani mine will be powering anything in Australia; it’s all set to go to power stations in India (India, who is actively trying to move AWAY from coal, and who is especially disinterested in low-grade coal, which is what the Carmichael mine would provide). None of the coal from Carmichael will go to Australian power stations, so will have zero effect on either the Australian electricity price or the amount of electricity available here.

      Two, no, we cant just snap our fingers and quit coal Just Like That. But if they had started seriously working on moving to renewables years ago, we would be well on the way by now. The only reason we’re not using mostly-renewables now is because it kept being put off because “we cant just quit coal and move to renewables Just Like That,” which is the same excuse being made today. The best time to start moving to renewables with a view to long term dependency on them was 20 years ago. The next best time is now. If we keep using “we cant just quit coal cold turkey” as an excuse for not starting serious infrastructure in renewables, then next thing you know we’ll be 20 years down the track and still spouting “but we cant quit coal cold turkey” as an excuse to delay renewables development.

    • Climate change is inevitable. A natural consequence of our lifestyle.
      Go Adani
      Would live the coal to be used in our country. We’d still meet Paris climate change emissions. Thats how clean our coal is.

  3. I wish we had the federal ICAC up and running right now is a it is my belief that fossil fuel miners and generators donations to the Lnp would be the only excuse they have to ignore the wishes of the majority of voters wishes regarding climate change , as well as the recent UN climate reports . It’s time our new prime minister wakes up to damage to the planet’s atmosphere , and the wishes of the citizens he is supposed to represent not the companies that donate to the Lnp for favours with the job offers after politics

  4. Well, I believe I fully understand & support ‘realistic change’ that we have Not Got
    because the obvious answers have been chucked in the too hard basket for some
    2 decades plus. Because the day-to-day Jo & Jill thought ‘others’ ought to fix our
    problems. Because buck-passing ‘pollies’ on all sides are more interested in their
    own ‘portfolio of shares’ than the country they’re being paid to look after. I’d best
    quit saying what’s so damn obvious a 10 year old could & will understand since
    rising blood pressure will harm me.
    STOP ADANI & the rest of that ilk! Do something positive for this country before
    it fully hits the skids – permanently.

  5. Go Adani – about time – jobs for QLD, numerous mines have opened in the Hunter Valley in the past year with little to no opposition. Mines in pristine pastoral land. And Pete Miller I think you will find the billions paid in royalties would be another reason the governments are behind the coal industry, we cant balance the books with the billions in royalties, imagine without them

  6. I can’t believe that we have got to this point. The world is looking on at Australia to do something bold and for the future.
    For goodness sake leaders of this country take a big breath and stop this madness that is this mine and other new coal extraction projects.
    Put our fragile environment first its the only one we have.

  7. Scaremongering again from these idiots. What happens when it rains and all the flood water goes out to sea,remember there is a lot of silt being washed out to sea and dont you think that has an effect on the coral and barrier reef..

  8. This mine is going to provide zero electricity to Australia (all the coal is going offshore), and will at BEST provide a mere 1,400 jobs (compared to the 64,000 jobs that will be lost in Queensland alone if the Great Barrier Reef and all associated tourism is killed). I say at best, because actual estimates as proven in court are “400 to 1,400,” so worst case scenario is 400 newly created jobs, versus 64,000 lost jobs. Doesn’t really stack up, does it.

    Furthermore, Australia will be due royalties from the mine, but our esteemed government has already said that they will defer the payments for an undetermined amount of time, so at best it will be years before Australia sees any financial benefit from this mine, and worst (and most likely, given Adani’s repeated history of reneging on loan repayments) case, we will never see any financial benefit at all.

    So we lose 64,000 tourism jobs, plus all the livelihoods lost by farmers in the region who’s lands will be negatively affected, we get no money from this mine, and we get no electricity from this mine. And yet our Government is all for it. Why. They haven’t been able to give a satisfactory answer so far, and I doubt they’ll ever be able to provide one.

    This mine is an economic and environmental disaster for Australia.

  9. No. No scaremongering here – & the term ‘idiot’ is priceless. I’m
    originally from the North & savvy enough to know that silt is
    silt & it does get washed out – that’s nature. Adani – & their ilk,
    are a breed playing a sad ‘two-up’ game in this country along
    with other numerous mining & fracking concerns our so called
    Government accepts because it ‘buys votes’ & may just keep
    it ‘in office’ – & the opposition, naturally, plays the same rotten
    game. I will not stand by & let this land go to hell simply
    because a few billionaires & their followers want more loot!
    This land is “not for sale.” It can power-up in a safe & secure
    way as is being done elsewhere. There’s a line drawn in sand,
    believe it. Enough is enough.


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