Sea Shepherd supported by coal and diesel w/ interview

8 August 2018

QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane has called out the hypocrisy of the Sea Shepherd’s anti-Adani campaign, pointing to the vast mineral resources, including coal in its flagship vessel which will arrive at Abbot Point today.

“Once again, it’s a case of do as we say, not do as we do for anti-mining activists,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“But you can’t avoid the facts for long. And the facts are the ship the crew is using to sail up the Queensland coast is a product of resources – most notably coal.

“If it wasn’t for coal, this anti-jobs campaign would have sprung a leak before it started.”

This class of ship weighs around 900 tonnes with the steel component requiring up to 620 tonnes of coking coal and up to 860 tonnes of iron ore to build.

On top of that, it carries around 240 tonnes of diesel power to keep the ship moving.

“If these activists truly wanted a coal free future they would have no choice but to end the journey immediately,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“If they continue then their anti-jobs, anti-regional growth claims will have a very hollow ring to them.”

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