At both state and national levels, the coal industry is effectively writing Australia’s laws.
The NSW Government is reportedly moving to legislate restrictions on its own Independent Planning Commission, preventing it from considering downstream greenhouse gas pollution (Scope 3 emissions) in the assessment of new coal mines. Scope 3 emissions from burning coal are by far the largest source of greenhouse gases from coal mined in NSW.
The Minerals Council are demanding that state laws allowing the consideration of Scope 3 emissions in planning decisions be weakened or overturned completely.
Add your name to the Australia Institute’s open letter of protest to the NSW Parliament here.