The current (almost certainly temporary) Australian government is facing an election on 18th May. Its Minister for (destroying the) Environment is Melissa Price @Melissa4Durack, who has given last minute approval for the water use plans of the Adani coal mine in the Carmichael Basin.
If this mine goes ahead, its output will generate more carbon dioxide than most countries. It would significantly add to the guaranteed destruction of all complex life on Earth.
She claimed that the approval was in accordance with expert advice, but because of the closeness of the election, there has been no opportunity for independent assessment of that advice. Its authors have contradicted her interpretation.
Ms. Price’s justification for her decision? She lives in a mining community, and it’s important to protect employment.
It has emerged after I made this post that on the VERY LAST DAY POSSIBLE BEFORE THE ELECTIONS, she had also approved a highly controversial uranium mine, opposed by locals, the Aboriginal cateakers of the land, environmental groups — and her own State government.