The Australia Institute is opposed to the Terminal 4 project. For the project’s capacity to be utilised an increase in the rate of coal extraction in NSW is required beyond the continuation and replacement of existing mines. Such increases are unlikely to be in the public interest given the social and environmental impacts of current mines and their impacts on other industries. Extracting and transporting a further 70 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) from the Hunter Valley and environs would require seven new mines the size of Rio Tinto’s Warkworth or Shenhua’s Watermark proposal.
Kiribati’s president Anote Tong has through a letter asked prime ministers of the world to support a global moratorium on new coal mines, which Australian Richard Denniss has responded to with the seriousness it deserves.
An increase of two degrees Celsius and rising sea levels would make it impossible to live in major parts of Kiribati and many other low-lying countries.
New polling shows strong support for a moratorium on new coal mines in two of the safest Liberal seats in the country.
The ReachTEL poll of 694 residents in Wentworth and 679 in North Sydney was conducted in the wake of an open letter, signed by 61 prominent Australian’s, called for a global moratorium on new coal mines.
61 prominent Australians have signed an open letter backing the President of Kiribati’s call for a moratorium on new coal mines.
The letter, published in today’s Sydney Morning Herald, calls on French President, Francois Hollande and world leaders to put coal exports on the agenda at the 2015 Paris COP21 climate summit.
Signatories include former RBA governor Bernie Fraser, 2003 Australian of the Year Fiona Stanley AC, Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty AC, Indigenous campaigner Amelia Telford, Robert Manne, Carmen Lawrence, J.M. Coetzee, Bishop George Browning, Adam Spencer, Richard Flanagan, David Pocock and many more.
As Sweden debates how best to get out of the coal mining business, Australia is debating how best to subsidise the world’s largest export coal mines. Just last week the Australian Federal Government approved the enormous Adani/Carmichael coal mine which, at 40 kilometres long and 10 kilometres wide, is bigger than Gothenburg. The Australian Government has repeatedly signalled its willingness to financially support the project.
If built, the Adani/Carmichael mine would produce more than 2 billion tonnes of coal over its life. That’s enough to make a road of coal 10 metres wide, 1 metre deep and 200,000 kilometres long. Long enough to wrap around the world 5 times.