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Wed Jul 30, 2014, 06:24 PM

'Climate Criminality': Australia OKs Biggest Coal Mine

Published on Monday, July 28, 2014 by
Common Dreams
'Climate Criminality': Australia OKs Biggest Coal Mine

Environmental groups slam decision that will 'dump on' Great Barrier Reef, fuel climate crisis

by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

In a decision criticized as "climate criminality," Australia's federal government announced Monday that it has given the OK to the country's biggest coal mine.

The announcement comes less than three months after the state of Queensland gave its approval to the project.

"With this decision," wrote Ben Pearson, head of programs for Greenpeace Australia Pacific, "the political system failed to protect the Great Barrier Reef, the global climate and our national interest."

“Off the back of repealing effective action on climate change," stated Australian Greens environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters, referring to the scrapping of the carbon tax, "the Abbott Government has ticked off on a proposal for Australia’s biggest coal mine to cook the planet and turn our Reef into a super highway for coal ships.”

Adani Mining expects its Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project in Queensland's Galilee Basin to produce up to 60 million tonnes of coal a year, most of which will be sent to India. A rail line will be created from the mine to a new coal port terminal, an expansion which means up to 3 million meters of dredging waste will be dumped in the area of the World Heritage-listed Reef.

UNESCO "noted with concern" (pdf) in April the prospect of additional dredging that would negatively impact the Reef and warned that the site could be added to the List of World Heritage in Danger.

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http://commondreams.org/news/2014/07/28/climate-criminality-australia-oks-biggest-coal-mine

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Thu Jul 31, 2014, 07:33 AM

1. Yet not a single "decision-maker" will be at all concerned about it. (n/t)

 

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