Greenpeace and Greens part of CIA plot: Palmer

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The Greens and Greenpeace are tools of the CIA, acting in a United States-led plot to undermine Australia’s coal exports to Asia, according to Clive Palmer.

Yesterday Palmer made the bizarre accusations after calling a press conference to deliver his response the Government’s mining tax.

After speaking out against the tax, Palmer turned his attention to a "foreign-orchestrated and overseas-funded campaign" to ruin Australia’s coal industry in order to preserve US economic dominance.

Palmer said the Greenpeace plan to delay or shut down the coal industry had been funded by the Rockerfeller Foundation, which was funded by the CIA.

Palmer claimed Lock the Gate leader Drew Hutton, one of the most vocal anti-coal and coal seam gas activists, and other Greens campaigners were embroiled in the plot.

"I think the Greens in this coming state election, all their candidates should resign if they are being funded by an offshore political power," he said.

"It is tantamount to treason. Something needs to be done about it."

Today Palmer clarified his initial attack, and said a lot of people in Greenpeace and the Greens were "good people".

He told the National Times Greens leader Bob Brown was "pretty sincere".

"I don’t question his loyalty to Australia," he said.

But Palmer said he still stood by his claim members of Greenpeace were linked to the CIA through funding from the Rockerfeller Family Fund.

Image: AAP