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Cairns Port caught up in STOPPING ABOTT POINT—-Abbot Point opposition will need to switch tracks – Blog – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)—————-This clever piece of politics has painted the green groups into a corner. Environmentalists opposed the dumping of dredge spoil for the local reasons they cited. But there was always a bigger picture. They don’t want the Galilee Basin developed at all. Greenpeace estimates (pdf) if all the Galilee Basin mines are developed to their maximum potential, 705 million tonnes of CO2would be released each year. That’s nearly double Australia’s current annual emissions.

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This clever piece of politics has painted the green groups into a corner. Environmentalists opposed the dumping of dredge spoil for the local reasons they cited. But there was always a bigger picture. They don’t want the Galilee Basin developed at all.

Greenpeace estimates (pdf) if all the Galilee Basin mines are developed to their maximum potential, 705 million tonnes of CO2would be released each year. That’s nearly double Australia’s current annual emissions.

But there’s not much to oppose in the dumping of dredge spoil on an already disturbed site. The WWF released a statement saying it was a “positive move”. Greenpeace, meanwhile, said the new plans were “better”. But such cautious praise came with a big ‘but’.

“Coal mining is the biggest threat to the Reef and is fuelling climate change. Any new proposal to pave the way for more coal mining is simply offensive,” said Greenpeace Reef campaigner Shani Tager.

Environmentalists picked the placement of the dredge spoil as the issue with which to campaign against the Abbot Point development because the Great Barrier Reef is, and has always been, a powerful motivator for the Australian public.

Back in the 1960s and 70s, the nascent Australian green movement galvanised around plans to open the Great Barrier Reef to oil mining. This was a time in which scuba diving was almost unheard of, and the tourism industry was but an infant.

Yet the undersea wonders glimpsed at was enough to convince Australians that the Reef was worth saving.

 

 

 

Abbot Point opposition will need to switch tracks – Blog – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

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