The Federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek recently rejected a request to consider climate risks associated with plans to extend three massive new coal projects.
We know that coal is the biggest driver of the climate crisis, and that coal is contributing to the devastating extinction of animals, plants and ecosytems in Australia and around the world. But despite this, Australia's Environment Minister is still approving new coal mines and refusing to even consider the impacts of climate change.
Every new coal and gas approval turbocharges climate chaos and drives extinction*. The Albanese Government’s commitments to act on climate change and stop extinctions are meaningless if Minister Plibersek refuses to do her job and consider the climate impacts of new coal and gas proposals.
To combat the Auatralian government's climate denial and fossil fuel expansion, a landmark legal case is taking them on. The Environment Council of Central Queensland is taking Federal Environment Minister Plibersek to court for her failure to consider climate impacts when approving new coal projects. Coal mining companies MACH Energy and Whitehaven Coal are joining these legal proceedings to defend Minister Plibersek’s decision not to consider the climate harm of their polluting coal proposals when assessing these projects. Read more.