Courts start the process of terminating coal usage and all modern production

I had a piece on Quadrant covering the same issues asa Viv Forbes/Rafe regarding the pathbreaking decision of the head of the NSW Land and Environment Court.  This, if left as precedent, forbids any new coal mines and, though the judge may not have thought through the implications, most other activfities that create the modern world’s living standards.

One might imagine the decisipn would be appealed but the mine’s sponsor may see little point in this since the decision has other grounds.  Slowly our living standards are being strangled by the judiciary that foolish and short-sighted politicians have appointed.

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20 Responses to Courts start the process of terminating coal usage and all modern production

  1. mareeS

    We live at the Port of Newcastle, Australia’s largest coal exporter.

    Everything here depends on four things: coal, the university, the medical industry, and aerospace.

    Two of the four are against the other two, no prizes for guessing.

    We are disgusted at dumbed-down Australia. Our kids have moved into more lucrative work than this.

  2. This is beyond the pale.
    Time to get our the yellow vests, folks.

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    Even if the mine operator doesn’t appeal the NSW Government should. They are foregoing the royalties after all. Yet so far the Liberal NSW Government seems to be completely silent regarding this incredible decision.

    If they had any b alls they would announce to all and sundry that they were for jobs in the state of NSW and defy the Greens. There’s an election in just over a month. What better way to show you mean prosperity and jobs than announcing an urgent appeal to the Federal Court?

    Does the Liberal Party really want to lose this election? Sure appears like it.

  4. John Bayley

    @BoN:

    Wasn’t it the NSW Liberal government that has banned fracking & coal seam gas mining?

    There’s your answer.

  5. Crossie

    One might imagine the decisipn would be appealed but the mine’s sponsor may see little point in this since the decision has other grounds. Slowly our living standards are being strangled by the judiciary that foolish and short-sighted politicians have appointed.

    Time to scare the kids, tell them there will be no electricity for their devices if the supply is not guaranteed by either the fossil fuels or nuclear power.

  6. Crossie

    Does the Liberal Party really want to lose this election? Sure appears like it.

    Photios couldn’t care less, he is already throwing in his lot with Labor. Minor parties are our only option.

  7. Roger

    …though the judge may not have thought through the implications

    Don’t be naive.

  8. Tom

    The fact that a political activist and religious nut like Judge Brian Preston is able to sabotage the Australian economy tells you everything that’s wrong with Australia — starting with the junk science of CAGW, which has been taught unchallenged as fact by the Marxists who run the Australian education system for 30 years. Preston will be remembered as an agent of the new Dark Age, which wants to send the Australian working class back to the privations of the 19th century, motivated by a mad, hateful ideology that rejects the wealth creation that has dragged Australia into the modern world.
    He is a national traitor who should be in jail for a hate crime.

  9. 3d1k

    Correct. And to which I have been at pains to point out via Twitter to journalists.

    The ruling is too broad, non specific and includes reference to indirect emissions like electricity generation, steam production, fuel use, cement use etc. The “timing” aspect relates to every current activity that may lead to GHG emissions.

    Further, IEEFA was used as an expert witness along with Will Steffen!

    The NSW Government must appeal. The L+ECourt ruling which has potential to impact every activity undertaken by private and public interests that come under its jurisdiction.

  10. Mr Black

    It’s amusing that people think normal politics and “the process” is going to fix the situation when the rulers are in a conspiracy against the ruled. They laugh at the idea of elections as both parties have the same policies in effect. This gets fixed with severe violence or not at all. Are people not observing the power of the Deep State in thwarting Trump at nearly every turn? The government and the elite are answerable to no one and when you waste your productive time and energy on standard political nonsense you are right where they want you. Being completely ineffective.

  11. Roger

    He is a national traitor who should be in jail for a hate crime.

    Indeed, but in contemporary Australia he’ll be awarded an AC shortly after retirement.

  12. Rockdoctor

    Ianl’s comment is very revealing on the Quadrant article. If true there will be no appeal even though there are grounds for it by the looks. As if the Liberals are too gutless to do what their left faction wants so they allow an untouchable guy promoted well beyond his ability to do their dirty work for them…

    Words fail me on the short shortsightedness of our elected class, as others have mentioned this has second, third & probably forth order effects that will now affect every facet of our lives unless appealed and sent to the dustbin.

  13. Genghis

    As I have said before. If this madness of CO2 reduction by closing industries keeps up we will be owned by China come 2030. You may think I am joking but China is not reducing coal fired power and if they cannot get it from us they will get dirtier coal from elsewhere.

  14. Tombell

    Activist judges/high placed bureaucrats will be the death of what remains of our fragmenting democracy. They are almost all leftard shills. They are loved by Labor/Greens. Yet the Conservatives appear utterly unwilling to confront.

  15. duncanm

    So – we now have the precedent.

    Will Australia turn off 60% of the world’s metallurgical coal supply ?

  16. Activist judges/high placed bureaucrats will be the death of what remains of our fragmenting democracy. They are almost all leftard shills. They are loved by Labor/Greens. Yet the Conservatives appear utterly unwilling to confront.

    Count me in.
    I’m ready to start shooting the bastards.
    Tumbril Time!

  17. duncanm

    Per my other comment (there are too many threads on this insanity)..

    The CO2 output of that mine and its product, including all earthmoving, digging, shipping, and use, by their own calculations – is 0.005% of global emissions for twenty years.

    This is the stupidity we face in the modern world.

  18. CO2 – 0.005% of 0.04% is a very small number.

  19. Kneel

    “… is 0.005% of global emissions for twenty years.”

    Kool – all we need to do is repeat this same insanity 1000 times, and we will have reduced CO2 by 5%!
    10,000 times and we hit 50%.
    100,000 times and we have CO2 in negative territory.
    Surely there are 100,000 coal mines in the world?
    Surely the owners all want to save the world?

    Sounds like a plan…

  20. David from Milsons Point

    Does this mean that DAs for car sale properties or animal studs must be rejected because the products sold or produced emit CO2?

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