2 February 2010
Abbott absurdity: “20 million trees” while Libs destroy
nation’s biggest forests
The Opposition’s plan to plant 20 million trees while
its own Regional Forest Agreements foster the destruction of Australia’s
biggest forests is incongruous, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said
“The Howard government legislated the destruction of
Australia’s biggest carbon banks – in New South Wales, Victoria,
Tasmania and Western Australia, largely for woodchip export to Japan,
converting these forests into greenhouse gases.
“If Mr. Abbott or Prime Minister Rudd were to end the
destruction they would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 15-20%.
“Planting 20 million seedlings while cutting millions of
trees in mature forests is an Abbott absurdity,” Senator Brown said.
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