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Turnbull government refuses to come clean about Carmichael coal mine pollution

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Larissa Waters 23 Nov 2015

In response to Greens’ questioning, today Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull again refused to tell Parliament how much pollution the coal from the government-approved Carmichael coal mine will produce and Senator George Brandis ridiculously claimed that the mine would reduce pollution.

In Question Time last month, Greens energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP, asked the Prime Minister how much greenhouse gas pollution will come from digging up and burning all the coal in the Carmichael mine that his government had re-approved. The Prime Minister responded: “I am very happy to take the Honourable Member’s question on notice and will do the calculation and let him know.”

In Question Time today, a month later, Mr Bandt followed up the Prime Minister today, saying “I haven’t heard from you” and questioning whether the Prime Minister has “realised it’s not a good look to go to the Paris Climate Talks admitting you approved a single coal mine that alone will generate more pollution than the entire European Union does in a year?”

Mr Bandt said in response: “It's time for the Prime Minister to come clean about the Carmichael coal mine.” 

“Instead of ducking and weaving, the Prime Minister must tell Parliament just how much climate pollution will be pumped into the air from this massive coal mine that his government approved.”

“Malcolm Turnbull won't admit that he's heading off to Paris climate talks having approved a mine that will create more pollution than the entire European Union does in a year.”

In the Senate, Larissa Waters, Greens climate change spokesperson, asked how the Turnbull Government would defend its approval of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest coal mine at the Paris climate talks.

“In response the Attorney-General actually said the Adani mine would reduce pollution, showing big mining companies’ political donation dollars are clearly at work.”

“Senator Brandis then repeated the coal industry’s self-interested and false claim that coal will relieve energy poverty, ignoring that renewable energy is a cheaper, healthier alternative, that doesn’t pollute local air and water quality or exacerbate climate change.”

“Despite expressing apparent concern for people in developing countries, the Attorney General refused to make any commitment to contributing our fair share to the Green Climate Fund when I asked in a subsequent question.”

“As a co-chair of the Green Climate Fund, we should be contributing our fair share, at $300 - $400 million per year over the next four years to assist developing nations to cut pollution and adapt to global warming,” Senator Waters said. 

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