No shift on new fossil fuel projects: PM

The government’s intention to reject a new coal mine has no bearing on other fossil gas jobs that are in the pipeline, the prime minister states.

Anthony Albanese says there are no wide implications to be drawn from the foreshadowed rejection of Clive Palmer’s Queensland mine due to predicted harms for the Good Barrier Reef.

Federal Natural environment Minister Tanya Plibersek declared the proposed final decision on Thursday, citing probably impacts on drinking water sources and the reef’s Entire world Heritage values.

Conservation groups assume the choice to be made official after 10 days of necessary session.

The primary minister was asked on Friday if the govt was setting up to do what the Greens have very long demanded and block new oil and gas assignments.

“No,” he explained to the ABC, indicating the environment minister has a obligation to think about new tasks on a circumstance by situation foundation.

“The Greens have a various position to Labor on these difficulties. You are unable to just changeover an economy as a result of rhetoric. You require to do it with coherent programs that make guaranteed that you changeover and improve the overall economy when you happen to be executing it.”

Greens chief Adam Bandt has claimed Mr Palmer’s mine – 10km from the Good Barrier Reef in the vicinity of Rockhampton – is 1 of 114 new fossil gas tasks that are in the pipeline and ought to be blocked so they really don’t exacerbate weather modify.

But Weather Change Minister Chris Bowen reported he was overstating matters and “just due to the fact a organization someplace has a challenge which they say they could possibly a person day come forward with” will not mean they would all eventuate.

“So there’s no checklist of 114 assignments that are ready and ready to go as Adam suggests. It’s just not proper,” he instructed the ABC.

Greens environment spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Younger explained the list was a blend of coal and gas tasks, with some at the proposal phase and many others about to start off or part-way by way of making use of for environmental approvals.

She mentioned none really should be authorized right until federal setting guidelines were amended to involve a result in to power the minister to glimpse at their climate change impacts.

“They are not heading to be ready to meet up with their (emissions reduction) targets if they retain approving new polluting tasks. And that focus on is to cut the air pollution that presently exists,” Senator Hanson-Young instructed AAP.

“They will need a right system to assess air pollution and make certain they know the real consequences of what inexperienced-lights a new coal or gas venture would be.

“The craziest detail about the laws that exist ideal now is that any coal miner or big corporation that would like to drill for gas would not even have to offer the climate air pollution info to the governing administration. It just can make no feeling.”

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