The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has said there is no economic reason to expand new coal ports and new coal mines that would damage the Great Barrier Reef following a report by the Queensland Resource Council that found a third of all Queensland coal mines are running at a loss.
Imogen Zethoven, the Great Barrier Reef campaign director for AMCS said the Great Barrier Reef is worth more to Queenslanders than the Adani’s Abbot Point and Carmichael project that is highly unlikely to turn a profit.
“Mining and burning of coal causes global warming which heats the Reef’s waters and causes coral bleaching. If the waters remain too hot for too long, the coral can die. This would damage the tourism industry that provides 70,000 local jobs and billions to the Queensland economy.
“The Queensland Government’s first priority should be allowing the Reef to recover. The Reef doesn’t need more dredging, more industrialisation and new coal mines.
“Recent polling showed that 59% of Australians think the Great Barrier Reef is more important to the future of Queensland’s economy than the coal industry.
“Premier Palaszczuk must decide whether she will back a sustainable industry like tourism which employs thousands of regional Queenslanders and is compatible with a healthy Reef, or a dying coal industry which employs fewer people, drives coral loss and is not part of Queensland’s renewable energy future,” said Ms Zethoven
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