Greenpeace push for “scandal research” to end mining

A coalition of environmental activists lead by Greenpeace has developed a secret plan to fund "scandal research" in the hope of shutting down the coal industry.

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A coalition of environmental activists lead by Greenpeace has developed a secret plan to fund "scandal research" in the hope of shutting down the coal industry.

According to The Australian leaked documents show Greenpeace is pushing for $5.92 million in philanthropic funding to finance legal challenges against the mining industry.

The documents say dragging companies through the court and propping up landholder opposition could "disrupt and delay" the mining industry.

The Australian reports the strategy aims to change the story of coal from a prosperous industry supporting jobs to a "destructive industry that destroys the landscape and communities, corrupts our democracy, and threatens the global climate".

A Greenpeace spokesperson told Australian Mining the documents were a draft proposal and it had "no idea" how they had been obtained by The Australian.

They said the coal industry was growing too fast to respond to climate change and Australia needed to be planning a transition to clean energy.

Greenpeace said it was "perplexed" that the story had made front page news but it was hoping the attention would help its fundraising.

"We’re hoping this will help our efforts, our fundraising phones have been running hot all morning," they said.

Greenpeace also said by "scandal research" it meant bringing to light the darker sides of the mining industry it thought the public had no knowledge of.

‘There’s a range of scandals in the industry relating to the revolving door between industry and the government, a lack of regulation, breaches of licence conditions, and political donations," they said.

"We think there are a lot of things that, if they saw the light of day, the public would not be impressed by."

The Greenpeace documents also said mining opponents needed to build an anti-coal movement off the opposition building against the coal seam gas industry.

In a statement today NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee said the clandestine plan would damage the economy and the hip pockets of workers.

"If implemented, the activities outlined in this campaign will cost jobs, growth and investment in NSW, at a time when the economy can least afford it," he said.

"It is a deliberate and reckless attempt to sabotage this State’s biggest export industry and cause untold damage to the NSW Budget and the NSW economy."

"We’re also extremely concerned about the way that genuine concerns about the impacts of mining are being cynically hijacked and manipulated."

According to The Australian the Greenpeace plan names Wotif founder and Greens donor Graeme Wood and philanthropic consultant Sam Hardy on the cover but its current financing is unclear.

This morning Andrew Bolt said Greenpeace had confirmed it hadn’t yet received any money from Wood for the plan.

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