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Howard's coal obsession key to secret greenhouse pact.

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27 July 2005

The immense power of the US and Australian coal lobbies is the key to the secret Asia-Pacific pact revealed in today's Australian newspaper, Greens Senator Bob Brown said today.

"This is all about taxpayers money being diverted from developing clean renewable technologies to try to make burning coal less dirty. It's putting geo-sequestration before solar power," Senator Brown said.

"And it will continue to hold back the introduction of planet-saving energy alternatives which do not produce greenhouse gases.

"Why the secrecy? Because it is coal driven and politicians know the public will not like it.

"The secret pact's five member countries include four of the world's biggest coal producers - China, USA, India and Australia. Australia is, by far, the world's biggest coal exporter.

"Geo-sequestration - attempting to pipe carbon dioxide from thermal power stations underground - can not be applied to existing stations even if it does become a useable technology," Senator Brown said.

Senator Brown praised today's action by Greenpeace in Newcastle.

"Greenpeace, not John Howard, speaks for Australia's future, and for a much more secure future for the planet," Senator Brown said.

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Howard's coal obsession key to secret greenhouse pact

Senaor Brown, 27th July 2005

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