Skip to comments.Coal activists' strategy exposed
Posted on 03/05/2012 8:41:06 AM PST by smokingfrog
A COALITION of environmental activists has developed an extraordinary secret plan to ruin Australia's coal export boom by disrupting and delaying key projects and infrastructure.
The strategy includes mounting legal challenges to up to a dozen key mines and exploiting the Lock The Gate movement against coal-seam gas to put pressure on governments to block mining.
A funding proposal for the Australian anti-coal movement, obtained by The Australian, declares that 2012 and 2013 are critical years to stop tens of billions of dollars of investment and says the aim of the strategy is to "disrupt and delay" projects "while gradually eroding public and political support for the industry and continually building the power of the movement to win more".
The document - which is believed to have been written by Greenpeace Australia Pacific's John Hepburn and CoalSwarm's Bob Burton - issues a call to arms for coal activists nationwide before the March 24 Queensland election and the next federal election.
The document names philanthropic consultant Sam Hardy and a foundation set up by Wotif founder and Greens donor Graeme Wood on the cover. It's believed Ms Hardy was consulted on some versions.
It outlines a pitch for up to $5.92 million that would be used to fund litigation to stop coal port expansions, major rail lines and new mines; to wage a "battle of Galilee" to stop "mega-mines" in central Queensland's Galilee Basin and expose it as a "globally significant carbon bomb"; and to discredit the NSW government's planning process for land use in the Hunter Valley that aims to determine how to allow mining and agriculture to co-exist.
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Everywhere with every possible form of actual energy.
In my county we have no less than 6 different environmentalist groups working on various means of shutting down oil and gas drilling and the feds are aiding and abetting them.
Our biggest anti coal activist lives in the White House.
West Virginia will change from a purple state to a red state this year!
We have looney’s out here blockading rail facilities stopping coal shipments to China. Some shippers have started sending their coal to Vancouver, BC for transport.
This is one of our little local groups. You might notice that the feds are helping them out by offering tax breaks to people who accept the fuzzy handcuffs that forever crush your private property rights and destroy the resale value of your property.
We also have Waterkeepers slithering all over the county. They’re a national Robert Kennedy backed group of anti humanity marxists.