The Spin

Carbon horse-trading

Saturday, June 9, 2007

We have to be very careful of applauding carbon-trading schemes as the solution to reducing emissions. The NSW government's greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme is so flawed some participants are rewarded for 'cutting pollution' when their emissions have in fact increased.

Researchers at the University of NSW showed two Queensland coal-fired power stations earned millions of dollars under the scheme, even though they spewed forth an extra 9 million tonnes of pollution a year.

Cutting down forests is good for you

Monday, March 12, 2007

We can expect the logging fraternity and their friends in government to frantically paint themselves as having a major role to play in combating climate change. Joe Helper, the Victorian Minister for Agriculture, said new carbon trading markets and the consequent value given to carbon soaks could be big business for our logging companies.

In March 2007, Minister Helper gave the opening address to a seminar that was sponsored by the woodchip/paper company, Australian Paper (remember the A Team?) and the Victorian Association of Forest Industries. He said that:

Reflex Paper - 100% hoodwink

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The latest porky to come from the makers of Reflex paper, is that their product is now 100% forest sensitive, in fact it's so eco-friendly it is bursting with endangered species.

Australia's biggest paper company, PaperlinX in the Latrobe Valley, is congratulating itself for this bodgie eco-label given by the normally reliable Forest Stewardship Council certification scheme.

Bottom rung tick-off

EPA ticks off logging carnage as top job

Friday, March 3, 2006

A quick click on the Environment Protection Authority's website, and one is presented with an echidna claiming litterers are "going to get stung", because littering damages the environment. Click a little further and you find another report about damage to the environment. The report is an audit by the EPA entitled Timber Production on Public Land 2005. The echidna would not be happy with what is found inside.

EPA asked to check DSE

New enviro-group flounders

Saturday, September 10, 2005

The Australian Environment Foundation fell flat on its face right from the start. Even the gullible and tame journalists from rural media didn't swallow their lines.

A well-known woodchipping industry supporter and lobbyist, Kirsten Gentle, launched a US style front group on World Environment Day. The attempt to mimic a highly respected national environment group, the Aust Conservation Foundation, didn't fool anyone.

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