Adani prom­ises

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

THIS is to con­grat­u­late Pre­mier Palaszczuk on her con­firm­ing her pre­vi­ous elec­tion prom­ise not to use any pub­lic funds for the con­tro­ver­sial Adani coal min­ing project.

As ex­pected, the di­nosaurs of the fos­sil fuel in­dus­try are scream­ing for her scalp and re­peat­ing un­sub­stan­ti­ated claims about the eco­nomic costs of her de­ci­sion.

With thou­sands of farm­ers hav­ing their wa­ter sup­plies put at risk, with the 65,000 tourist

and fish­ing jobs on the Reef un­der threat, and the cu­mu­la­tive im­pact of cli­mate change in­creas­ing ev­ery year, this de­ci­sion should be hailed as a tri­umph for sci­ence and en­vi­ron­men­tal se­cu­rity.

Why didn’t the Four Cor­ners re­port on Adani stop this project?

The con­flicts of in­ter­est with sev­eral board mem­bers of the NAIF, and the right wing’s blink­ered ide­ol­ogy to stop any re­new­able en­ergy sup­plies, should be re­jected.

We hope the pub­lic will fi­nally move on to em­brace the 21st cen­tury and sup­port truly sus­tain­able en­ergy sources that are all around us.

More, health­ier jobs will come when we se­ri­ously

em­brace re­new­ables, for the ben­e­fit to us all, and not just a small group of min­ing ex­ec­u­tives who are ter­ri­fied of hav­ing their as­sets be­come stranded and even­tu­ally banned. — Jonathan Peter, Air­lie Beach

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