The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has today expressed alarm at the arrogance of Adani group Chairman to call for “uncontestable final go ahead” for the Carmichael mine and Abbot Point coal port on the coast of the Great Barrier Reef.
Gautam Adani has called for omnibus legislation to remove the rights of Australians to challenge one of the world’s biggest coal mines, rail projects and port expansions that impacts the Great Barrier Reef and the world’s efforts to slow dangerous global warming.
Imogen Zethoven, the Great Barrier Reef campaign director for AMCS said that Adani was struggling to attract finance because it is a bad project that presents damage to the Great Barrier Reef.
“For this project to go ahead, it requires significant amounts of dredging within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. And it will see hundreds more coal ships plough through the Reef’s waters every year.
“Further, the mining and burning of coal from this project will lead to dangerous global warming. Global warming increases the temperature of the ocean and makes it more acidic. We should be investing in renewable energy, not expanding uneconomic coal mines that threaten our natural assets like the Great Barrier Reef.
“Every year, the Great Barrier Reef provides over $6 billion to economy and over 69,000 jobs. If Adani gets his way, this will be at risk.
“These comments are incredibly arrogant. The interests of Mr Adani are not more important than the people’s interests in Australia, our justice system or the Great Barrier Reef.
“What’s amazing is that despite all the special treatment and fast tracking from government, this project still can’t attract finance. They can blame all the courts and environmental concerns, but the fact of the matter is the international finance community doesn’t think this project is worth backing.
“15 international banks have rejected this project. The company overstated the jobs the project will create in numerous advertisements, which in court were revealed to be misleading.
“The world is worried about the Great Barrier Reef and it is fighting for its life. Currently in Paris it is one of the major international concerns as people debate how to address dangerous global warming,” said Ms Zethoven.
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