On September 25, 2008, local community members have occupied Martin Ferguson’s electoral office and are refusing to leave until they are granted a meeting with the Resources Minister to discuss Australia’s push on so-called “clean coal”.
They want an end to multi-million dollar government subsidies of carbon, capture and storage and the coal industry saying the money should be spent on developing renewable energy instead.
Martin Ferguson and Kevin Rudd have plans to make Australia a world leader in promoting “clean coal”, and Rudd will be talking up these plans at the United Nations in New York today. This is in spite of serious doubts about the viability of “clean coal” technology.
‘The Federal government has been hijacked by powerful fossil fuel interests and is not making decisions in the interests of the community or the environment. The technology already exists to meet the world’s energy needs entirely with renewable energy. This is what we should be investing in.’ said climate campaigner Shaun Murray
‘Carbon capture and storage is a dangerous distraction from genuine action on climate change. It hasn’t been proven anywhere despite massive research and development. It’s a device to lock in coal company profits in the short term – at the expense of the climate and the planet.’ said local resident Kirsten Blair.
The sit in is part of a week of climate change actions that included the occupation of Kevin Rudd’s electoral office on Monday. The week of action is timed to coincide with the release of latest figures on the extent of Arctic ice melt – on track to be completely gone in summer by 2013.