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The Role of Global Warming

January 18th, 2011

After the hottest and wettest year in recorded history, the seas off northern Australia are also currently warmer than ever before. This heat has led to increased evaporation and so, rainfall. Sceptics and defenders of the coal industry may dispute this scientific data, but they don't. Instead, they are arguing that there should be no debate - not, at… Read More

Methane from ‘natural’ gas-fired power plants means they are no cleaner than coal-fired plants

January 17th, 2011

The US EPA has recently re-assessed the percentage (%) of natural gas (mostly methane) that leaks industrially. According to David Lewis in an article entitled “EPA confirms natural gas leakage rates” (The Energy… Read More

Coal barons should help pay for climate catastrophes

January 16th, 2011

The full tax on excess profits by the coal mining industry, as recommended by Treasury, should be imposed with half set aside for future natural catastrophes in Australia, Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today. "It is unfair that the cost is put on all taxpayers, not the culprits," Senator Brown said. "Burning coal is a major cause of global… Read More

Queensland Country Life calls for more testing before CSG approval

January 10th, 2011
Queensland Country Life - that bastion of radical thought - has just published an article in which federal and state water experts are calling for more testing before the $35 billion coal seam gas industry gets the go-ahead in Queensland… Read More

Queensland Government get no nett revenue from coal

December 16th, 2010

The 2010-2011 Queensland State Budget projects $2.8 billion in royalties from coalmining [Queensland budget paper 2, 2010].  Coal infrastructure costs borne by the taxpayer are huge.  The development of the Bowen Abbott Point Coal Terminal alone will cost the Queensland… Read More

Mining and gas expansion will lead to further job losses

December 11th, 2010

Australian Bureau of Statistics employment figures for Queensland which were released yesterday and show that more jobs were lost in Queensland than created are no surprise, according to the Queensland Greens. ‘Each time the Premier or Treasurer announce some new mining or gas drilling development in regional Queensland, it increases uncertainty for existing agricultural… Read More

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