This post of mine was sent to the ‘local rag’ which is not internet-able, who wanted it reduced to a third, which would have lost it’s meaning. I prefer to publish it here, along with links and images instead.
Conservation of the Kimberley
It’s nice to see Mr Wade Freeman of the Conservation Council of WA is concerned about the lack of EPA processing for the Buru Energy tight gas drilling proposals. I don’t know why though. The EPA failed in its’ duties in a big way over the proposed James Price Point Woodside LNG Project. The EPA missed the rarity of the flora and fauna, the dinosaur footprints and the overall scientific interest associated with the area, let alone indigenous concerns. Their environmental credentials were exaggerated, as were Woodside’s deficient environmental studies.
However, the shoe is now on the other foot. The use of the Conservation Council of WA’s rhetoric in Mr Freeman’s recent comments seen in print, and their own Facebook pages, show a propensity for the same exaggerations in trying to put across their point. I suggest they take a much closer look at the science, and forget their own social science origins for a time. I don’t need to point out the hype they use on Facebook, it’s bleeding obvious.
Looking at the site plan for the Buru Energy drilling project, the footprint is exceedingly smaller than that required to manufacture, build, and operate their renewable energy dinosaurs, un-phased by the knowledge that coal is needed to manufacture steel, rare earth metal processing for turbines can be far more environmentally devastating, and the poor and middle class are heavily subsidizing the power for those who can afford to pay more for alternative and renewable energy.
Carbon dioxide is still plant food, as any research into CO2 and horticulture can tell you. The recent increase in crop yields (WA broke records again last year) is also testimony to that, with some species even showing a doubling of plant growth when subjected to much higher CO2 concentrations in the air. CO2 is not pollution and temperatures haven’t risen in the last 18 years, unfortunately. As well-known scientist and meteorologist Dr William Gray once said “One thing that keeps getting clearer to me is the amount of time, treasure etc wasted on 1/100th of the GHG, .04% of the atmosphere which has 1/1000th the heat capacity of the ocean and next to the affects of the sun, oceans and stochastic events probably can not be measured outside the noise, is a giant red herring and meant to distract from a bigger agenda, which has nothing to do with our obsessions.” William Gray: In climate change, we are not to blame
Instead, you could be following our practice of flooding the north with indigenous trees and shrubs in enhanced Savannah horticultural planting projects, providing a greater weed control, a future indigenous income stream and aiding advanced environmental practices in mining, communities, councils and government projects from Kununurra to Exmouth.
Our group of volunteers and hundreds of mostly indigenous participants and supporters have quietly been implementing our agenda with the help of conservative government, mining and exploration companies, landscapers, indigenous organizations, employment and training agencies for over a decade.
The rhetoric from the Left side of politics is the only real threat to our advances, as Mr Freeman’s Environmental Group tries to put a stop to every development in a misguided attempt to portray careful environmental planning in a derogatory way. Not all miners are as bad as environmentalists say.
Now, I have an announcement to make. Our group of volunteers and supporters will plant a million income producing indigenous trees in the north of WA over the next 5 years, and remove as many weeds, providing a future employment bonanza. Indigenous Communities, Outstations, Mining Companies and Shire Councils will all benefit from our expanded program which has begun. You can either work with us or against us, physically or financially. We have put in hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, and time spent, to get this far.
The new Government is right behind us, as were their Howard era predecessors with Work for the Dole and Green Corps. The sale of Telstra funds helped kick-start things, along with a small Lotterywest grant. Mamabulanjin, Yawuru and Goolarabooloo Indigenous organizations have already contributed, and so have many other groups and even parts of the bureaucracy, such as Watercorp. A further announcement will be made by our indigenous partners in due course, but these are exciting times.
Now it’s time for environmental groups to get involved too. Buy our trees and plant them. It does more for the environment than Facebook activism, whining and blockading. Indigenous elders like Noel Pearson from Cape York, and local Communities like NBY and Noonkanbah have now woken up to the propaganda.
- WA Government allows Buru Energy to frack for gas in the Kimberley
- Inquiry told fracking wells could be drilled through public water aquifers
- Draft shale gas fracking regulations released
- Kimberley locals fight Buru Energy’s fracking plan
Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) chairman Paul Vogel is visiting the Kimberley today, as part of an assessment of a proposed coal mine.