The new infrastructure bill is trying to sneak a whole bunch of environmentally destructive policies in, right under our noses. In a single bill, the coalition have managed to cram in legislation permitting fracking, increases in road building, selling off our public forests, and makes a commitment to maximise petroleum extraction from the continental shelf. Now it's also trying to prevent species reintroduction by classifying all species that aren't currently and frequently resident here as 'non-native' and potentially invasive. This will make even local exctinction a one-way street.
So far it contains (or is due to contain) the following assaults on civilisation and the natural world: • It exempts fracking companies from the trespass laws. • It abandons the government's commitment to make all new homes zero-carbon by 2016. • It introduces the possibility (through clauses 21 and 22) of a backdoor route to selling off the public forest estate. When this was attempted before, it was thwarted by massive public protest. • It promotes new road building, even though the total volume of road traffic has flatlined since 2002.