Alright, you win.
I once saw a Eurasian Magpie at Hay Point, in about 2000. It was easy to
"Where is Hay Point?" I hear some of you ask. Fair enough. Hay Point is near
Macky Qld. It is a port facility for exporting coal to China where it is
converted into atmospheric carbon.
Incidentally (not so much to do with birds), in 2009 tender documents were
released for environmental assessment of a proposal to double the size of the
port and increase export of coal to China by (if I recall correctly) some
hundreds of millions or billions of tonnes per annum - well, lots anyway. The
tender documents stated that Hay Point was and would remain a carbon-neutral
port. Therefore all environmental studies conducted for the EIS would have to
be carbon neutral - all airfares, vehicles, boats, machinery and packed lunches
would need to be offset by certified carbon offset schemes and the documents to
prove it must be lodged for auditing.
I realised immediately that I had glimpsed a creature far more perverse and
dangerous than the climate change sceptic, but I am still struggling to
identify it. Perhaps it is the climate change charlatan, or the carbon
racketeer, or maybe it is just a new subspecies of the more common climate
change septic. Something ugly from the Family of big business, for sure.
Returning to birds, the Bimblebox Nature reserve will quite likely be shipped
off shore through Hay Point, leaving the local Black-throated Finches and other
wildlife with a short 100 year wait (+ or -) until their biodiversity offset is
ready for them to inhabit.
From: John Harris <>
To: Jeremy O'Wheel <>
Cc: Birding Aus <>
Sent: Wednesday, 16 November 2011 10:14 PM
Subject: Hoopoe - Carbon emissions
There you all go,
that "B" word appears again, seems it is all linked.............. Now
isn't that the point of all this!!
Thank you Jeremy!!!
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