Warkworth coal mine approval demonstrates Baird’s climate negligence
MEDIA RELEASE – 22 October 2015
The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today condemned the recommended approval of the 230 million tonne expansion of the Warkworth coal mine in the Hunter Valley, saying the Baird Government was negligent to allow the coal industry to expand in the face of climate change.
“While Mike Baird clowns around on social media, his government has approved a massive coal mine expansion in the face of climate change,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
“It’s culpable negligence to expand the thermal coal industry in the face of climate change.
“Mike Baird has made NSW a pariah state as the world gathers in Paris to deal with the climate crisis.
“Coal is in structural decline while the need for action on climate change grows more urgent, yet the NSW government has no strategy to transition from coal to renewable energy.
“The NSW Government has colluded with Rio Tinto to shepherd this mine expansion and bear responsibility for the destruction of the community of Bulga and the unique Warkworth Sand environment.
“This expansion also represents a betrayal of Rio Tinto’s original commitment not to mine beyond the ridgeline and demonstrates that the coal industry cannot be trusted and are motivated by profit to the point where they are pushing a product they know is destroying the climate with massive repercussions for the global economy and society.”