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Tags: climate change, Coal, deforestation, denialism, environmental degradation, environmental destruction, flack
Categories : conservation
As you recall, I asked both for your nominations and your votes for the inaugural Environmental Arsehat of the Year. Nominees could be a person or an entity who stood out in 2016 for his/her/their egregious attacks on environmental integrity. There were many fine nominations, and so now I’m elated to announce the results of the voting. Drumroll …
In 4th place with 13.7% of the votes, Matt Ridley. He is Conservative hereditary peer in the British House of Lords, and a flack for the coal industry who has championed global-warming denialism.
In 3rd place with 14.9% of the votes, Gautam Adani. The multibillionaire is a major coal baron in India and elswhere who has made a lot of splash recently in Australia for trying to build the biggest coal mine in the world that will likely finish off the Great Barrier Reef once and for all. Nice one, Gautam.
In 2nd place with 17.7% of the votes, The Liberal-National Party of Queensland. The (former) State Government ushered Queensland into 2016 by making the state one of the world’s deforestation hotspots, yet again!
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Tags: Australia, Coalition, environmental destruction, environmental policy, LNP, Tony Abbott
Categories : conservation
“What?”, my wife exclaimed, “Is this guy Satan1 himself?”. Within 6 months in office, the Abbott-oir has:
- attempted to remote World Heritage protection for a large expanse of Tasmanian forest;
- vowed to reinstate logging in Tasmania on a large scale;
- broken promise to fund Sumatran rhino recovery;
- decided to dump 3 million tonnes of dredging spoil on the Great Barrier Reef;
- scrapped management plans for most of the nation’s representative system of marine protected areas;
- rollbacked protection in national parks, including allowing logging, grazing, fishing and hunting;
- refused to send any Australian delegate to global climate change discussions;
- allowed Western Australia to proceed with a large-scale cull of great white, tiger and bull sharks;
- weakened Australia’s recently passed anti-illegal logging bill;
- nearly achieved legal immunity from any challenges to his decisions on mining projects;
- weakened the processes involved in development proposals by ‘cutting the green tape‘;
- vowed to halt the creation of any more national parks, saying that Australia already has too many;
- proposed to ban consumer boycotts of corporations that damage the environment;
- cut $100 million in funding, and axed 500 jobs, in the federal Environment department;
- continued to push for abolishing the carbon price.
Cry? Despair? Laugh? No – fight.
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