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I live in an area where these proposed ports are to be built. And all you will hear about is jobs.
Jobs jobs jobs, then more news about jobs. What's that, the water's polluted? well we have the answer; jobs. I know fishermen that are down in stock because of the pollution, and that's before the these ports were even proposed.
But most of these jobs that these ports will create will have a 100k plus annual salary, so money will obviously take precedence over the environment.
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There have been protests, but they barely made a sidebar. Nat king Coal rules here so you could imagine why the protests haven't grown in momentum.
This is my #1 favorite dive spot. I'll pay you a buck to leave it alone, coal guys.
"This is the $60bn-a-year, largely foreign-owned coal industry that is making a coal highway out of the Great Barrier Reef," said Bob Brown, leader of the Australian Greens party. "There needs to be a radical overview of this huge coal export industry, whether these ships need to use the reef at all, and what the alternatives are," he said. Local fishermen have dubbed it the "reef rat run," saying ships routinely take shortcuts to save time and money on their voyage to China.
Australia's new Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, who once famously said that climate change is "crap," has been accused of removing climate policies that protected the environment to allow the rich to become richer.
In a potentially disastrous "double-whammy," Greenpeace told HuffPost UK that Australia's reef not only faces being irreversibly damaged, but, additionally, as a result of the mining, the country's coal production threatens to spark carbon emissions on an unprecedented level.