That the coal industry is dying is not wishful thinking on my part, there is
ample evidence for it.
All Australians should be asking what is wrong with our government and with
our Coalition parliamentarians.
Is it some form of mass madness?
|The energy mix that Australians want – more renewables and less
|Table from the
|The people of Beijing are reminded of what a clear sky looks like
|Attribution "Feng Li/Getty Images"
The table on the right, from the Climate Insititue, shows that the Australian
peole want the opposite of what the Abbott government is forcing on them.
Australians want more renewables and less fossil fuels; in particular,
they want less coal.
Surely for any sane person the last straw would have to be our government
commit $5b of taxpayer's money to support
unviable coal projects!
Quoting from Lisa Cox writing in Sydney Morning Herald:
"Coal projects in the Galilee Basin and on the door step of the Great
Barrier Reef could receive government financing under a $5 billion loan
scheme in the federal budget.
But companies would have to demonstrate their projects would not be
commercially viable without government funding to be eligible, the Abbott
government has said."
Greens Senator Larissa Waters asked about this in the Senate and was told
"coal is good" and "go sit in caves".
Our government might as well burn pallets full of $100 bills.
It is insane to throw billions of dollars of taxpayer's money at projects
that are both financially unviable and environmentally disastrous!
Why is it mad?
- The coal industry is one of the main causes of
climate change and
- Burning coal is causing air pollution that
kills millions of people each
- Mining coal in the Galilee Basin risks serious damage to the Great
- It has been shown that most of the world's coal deposits cannot be burnt
if global warming is to be kept below 2°C; most of the world's coal
deposits will become stranded assets – especially those that are
not financially viable without government assistance;
- The coal industry demonstrably has
no future; it is plainly a very bad