Is this any way for a government minister to behave? The fact is, Greg Hunt is a AGW denier like the rest of his lunatic fringe party. He says he accepts the science underpinning climate change but then flags and implements policies that don’t reflect the science. He is either a fraud, completely incompetent or stupid…..or all three.
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So, how does Queensland Premier Campbell Newman repay the miners who donate to his party? By creating legislation that gives them unfettered access to coal deposits with no community consultation. That’s how. If this isn’t corruption I don’t know what is….
from Queensland Country Life
Legislation definition prompts warnings
COMMUNITY groups are set to lose the right to object to an overwhelming majority of mining projects if a new bill is approved in state parliament, according to Environmental Defenders Office principal solicitor Jo-Anne Bragg.
Passage of the Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Bill 2014 will mean 90 per cent of proposed projects would not be open for community comment or objection.
There would also be no public notification of small-scale projects.
The bill is currently in its consultation phase and submissions to the Agriculture, Resources and Environment Committee closed on July 9.
The committee is now considering those submissions before making recommendations that will be considered and debated in parliament.
Jericho beef producers Bruce and Annette Currie wrote a submission to the committee, raising their concerns about the proposal to limit objection rights to only directly affected landholders.
The definition of a ‘directly affected’ landholder is unclear, they said, and the flow-on effects of mining should be considered.
The couple, who operate 25,000-hectare property Speculation, at Jericho, understand the importance of objection rights and were involved in the Alpha coal case in the Land Court.
“We believe it is extremely important that all sectors of the community can comment, object and have appeal rights to government decisions made on ‘regional interest areas’,” they said.
“Our current situation is that if the mines in our area are given the go ahead our cattle property could potentially have its ground water impacted by coal mining; if this occurs then it will destroy our business.
“It is imperative that individuals and community groups can decide if they wish to appeal a government decision. We need and want a right of appeal.”
A diagram from the Environmental Defenders Office about the potential changes.
The Environmental Defenders Office represents landholders and conservation groups on issues ranging from environmental planning to mining and coal seam gas.
EDO principal solicitor Jo-Anne Bragg said the proposed changes would only benefit mining companies.
“Essentially people’s rights are being stripped away without any justification,” she said.
“Cases like the Alpha coal case show how landholders and community groups alike act responsibly and lead to finding that some projects should not go ahead based on groundwater impacts and uncertainties.”
Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps said the Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Bill 2014 was about getting the balance between resource development, landholder rights and environmental protection right.
He said the bill contained a number of key benefits for landowners that didn’t previously exist under the former Labor government.
“For the first time, directly affected landowners will have the right to give or withhold their consent for activities to occur close to their homes or businesses,” Mr Cripps said.
“This will provide a clear ‘line in the sand’, increasing the protection from 100 metres to 200 metres for mineral and coal projects.”
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More and more, the climate change denial industry, and it is an industry, is becoming increasingly marginalised. Big business which is generally all about free market ideology and is usually dismissive of the science underpinning anthropogenic climate change. Insurance companies however, do recognise the threat of human caused climate change and have started rumbling about a lack of government action. You won’t find too many insurance companies funneling money into right-wing anti-science conservative think-tanks. Now, the world’s largest PR firms are also taking a stand.
From the Guardian
World’s top PR companies rule out working with climate deniers
Ten firms say they will not represent clients that deny man-made climate change or seek to block emisson-reducing regulations.
Some of the world’s top PR companies have for the first time publicly ruled out working with climate change deniers, marking a fundamental shift in the multi-billion dollar industry that has grown up around the issue of global warming.
Public relations firms have played a critical role over the years in framing the debate on climate change and its solutions – as well as the extensive disinformation campaigns launched to block those initiatives.
Read the rest here
from Brian Merchant at Motherboard
This week, scientists made a disturbing discovery in the Arctic Ocean: They saw “vast methane plumes escaping from the seafloor,” as the Stockholm University put it in a release disclosing the observations. The plume of methane—a potent greenhouse gas that traps heat more powerfully than carbon dioxide, the chief driver of climate change—was unsettling to the scientists.
But it was even more unnerving to Dr. Jason Box, a widely published climatologist who had been following the expedition. As I was digging into the new development,…. read the rest here.
I’d like to thank Dave Clarke for directing me to his webpage in one of his comments here…and for giving me some new terminology to use…. diabolical wind turbine rays….
Please visit Dave’s page here.
We all know it and are struggling to understand the absolute blind lunacy of this backward, elitist, tea party government. Abbott is basically repaying the debt he owes to the billionaires that bought him. There is nothing like setting up your own economic future at the expense of every future generation. I can only hope now that future historians will discuss Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey and Greg Hunt truthfully and honestly ensuring that their descendents are shamed beyond belief.