Just a day after MP Ewen Jones put case for climate funds to finance 1.2GW coal fired power station near Townsville, Coalition Senate leader and attorney-general George Brandis revealed why the government thinks this might be a good idea….The new research on the Great Barrier Reef shows that more than 90 per cent of the reef has been affected by bleaching. Worse, some 40% not merely bleached, it has died, putting at risk some of the 70,000 jobs that rely on the tourism market, not to mention the trillions of dollars in biodiversity value.
In reference to Brandis’ comments, Waters said it’s time for government to wake up to “scientific reality, that global warming is destroying the Reef and continuing with Abbott’s woeful climate policies won’t help it…“The coal industry is dying and leaving workers in the lurch, while in contrast clean energy industry is taking off and can provide thousands of new jobs without sacrificing our Reef or our very way of life.”…But, it seems, mainstream media just ain’t interested…as far as we can tell, not a single mention in print in Australia. Not one word. But then, Brandis’ denial of climate science didn’t rate a mention either.