Beetaloo dirty deal on eve of caretaker climate crime: Bandt

The Australian Greens MPs

The Greens leader, Adam Bandt, has described the dirty deal done on the eve of election caretaker period between the Morrison government and NT Labor to fast-track the Beetaloo methane gas project as a climate crime.

The Beetaloo project will increase Australia’s emissions by up to 13%.

Fracking the Northern Territory is an insult to traditional owners who don’t want it to happen and a climate crime.

We have learned today that the Liberal government with the NT Labor government did a dirty deal on the eve of caretaker to fast-track this climate disaster, giving a staggering $872 million dollars of public money to subsidise gas corporations.

There are 114 new coal and gas projects currently on the books. The biggest are proposals for fracking for methane gas in the Northern Territory.

The Greens have said stopping new coal and gas projects will be a top priority for the Greens in balance of power.

As stated by Greens Leader, Adam Bandt MP:

“On the eve of an election, Labor and Liberal’s dirty gas deal is a climate crime.

“Liberal and Labor are giving $872m of your money to big gas corporations to make the climate crisis worse.

“Public money should go to schools and hospitals, not to fast-tracking climate collapse.

“The Beetaloo project will lift Australia’s emissions by up to 13%.

“If we open new coal and gas mines, we’ll blow our climate targets. You can’t put the fire out while pouring petrol on it.

“Gas is as dirty as coal and the Beetaloo gas project will be worse for the climate than the Adani coal mine.”

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