Mining billionaire Clive Palmer was this afternoon declared the inaugural Queensland FossilFool for 2012.
A small group of Queensland Greens enjoying post-election drinks in a Brisbane hotel this afternoon announced that they had reached consensus that no one was more deserving of the accolade than Mr Palmer.
“It is not just that Clive Palmer is personally contributing more CO2 to the global atmosphere than any other individual Queensland citizen,” Queensland Greens state spokesperson Libby Connors said this evening.
“There was also a strong feeling that he enjoys being a fossil fool enormously.
“As well as his CO2 contribution, there was his attack on the Queensland Greens candidates for the state election, his bullying defamation of the Lock the Gate President Drew Hutton and his attempt to trash the philanthropic institution, the Rockefeller Foundation. He almost left everyone feeling sorry for the CIA his tarred brush was so broad.
The Queensland Greens also cited his attack on the Queensland and national media, boasting that they were mere tools in his game to interfere in the Queensland election and the fact that he was probably in breach of the Queensland Electoral Act 1992.
“It looks pretty clear to us that he knowingly broadcast a false statement regarding the conduct of our candidates but the man boasts that litigation is his hobby whereas we all survive as mere wage earners so no one has much enthusiasm to press our case under the Queensland Electoral Act 1992.*
So while there were many rivals for the position including Catherine Tanna CEO of the coal seam gas company QGC, Michael Roche the head of the Queensland Resources Council and Leo Zussino, the CEO of Gladstone Ports Corporation, in the end everyone wanted to give the gong to Clive.”
The Queensland Greens warn that next year’s shortlist might be much longer.
“Now that our official Opposition in the state parliament is not much bigger than Singapore’s we fear that any number of backbenchers and inexperienced ministers will be in a rush to take Clive’s Fossilfool crown as the year progresses,” Libby Connors said today.
Contact: Libby Connors 0429 487 110
Citation for Clive Palmer
Clive Palmer, developer of the China First coal mine which is set to destroy Bimblebox Nature Refuge in the desert uplands of Central Queensland. The Environmental Impact Statement for one of Clive Palmer’s coal mining projects acknowledged that 2200 jobs would be lost to Queensland manufacturing as a flow on effect. All up, Clive Palmer’s mining projects have been calculated as leading to the loss of 20 000 Queensland jobs in manufacturing, agriculture and tourism. The China First mine is expected to deliver 40 million tonnes of coal per annum. When burnt in Chinese power stations it will produce 108 million tonnes of CO2 per annum. Thats more than half the total emissions produced by the state of Queensland annually (180 million tonnes) from just one Gallilee Basin mine.
* Queensland Electoral Act 1992
185 Misleading voters
(1) A person must not, during the election period for an election, print, publish, distribute or broadcast anything that is intended or likely to mislead an elector in relation to the way of voting at the election.
Maximum penalty- 40 penalty units.
(2) A person must not for the purpose of affecting the election of a candidate, knowingly publish a false statement of fact regarding the personal character or conduct of the candidate.
Contact: Libby Connors 0429 487 110
Queensland Greens, PO Box 661, Albion BC, 4010