Barnaby Joyce’s push for rail extension to Gladstone would set off ‘carbon bomb’, activists claim

Barnaby Joyce’s push for rail extension to Gladstone would set off ‘carbon bomb’, activists claim

Lock the Gate alliance says the ‘disgraceful’ Queensland project is a ‘Trojan horse’ for new coalmines

The deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce’s push for a $3bn extension of the inland rail project to Gladstone would unlock a “carbon bomb” of nine new coalmines and an estimated 150m tonnes of carbon emissions a year, environmental groups claim.

As the Nationals presented their final demands for signing up to net zero to the prime minister on Thursday, the Lock the Gate alliance said it was concerned the government was preparing to fund the “disgraceful” project being spearheaded by Joyce, saying it would be a “Trojan horse” to dig new thermal coalmines.

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