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The good and the bad

I was moved to write this page following publication of a piece about the wealthiest person in Australia who makes much of her money out of coal mining (bad enough in itself) and donates huge sums of money to try to convince people that climate change is not happening, so that she can continue to make even more money.

There are some very good people on this planet, and then there are some despicable people.

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While Trump enjoys golf, former president Jimmy Carter, 92, is building homes for the poor; Charlotte Beale writing for the UK Independent, 2018/07/15. This is a very appropriate and apt item for an introduction to this subject, showing a great contrast between two US Presidents: one man conceited, greedy, self-interested, vulgar, coarse, dishonest, a misoginist; and the other still doing his best to help people in his nineties.

The Good

I've listed many of the Australians who are doing what they can to get action on climate change on another page on this site.

Among the good could be listed the Nine activists defending the Earth from violent assault; The Guardian, Jonathan Watts, 2018/07/21. I would certainly add Jane Goodall to this list. David Attenborough also deserves an honourable mention.

While both the Liberal-National Coalition and Labor can't see beyond the coal industry that is largely responsible for the progressive destruction of our planet several independent politicians have added refreshing honesty, good sense and high ethical standards to Australian politics. Perhaps the most outstanding of these is Andrew Wilkie, a member of the Australian House of Representatives for a seat in Tasmania. Others, who have come and gone (and may come again), are Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor. The Australian Greens must also be thanked for their support for all things environmental.

Sanjeev Gupta, discussed by Sophie Vorrath on RenewEconomy, 2018/07/23. Compare him to Gina Rinehart, below. (Although it seemed in February 2019 that his company was not good at paying its bills on time.)



The Bad

 
Morwell coal mine fire, February 2014
Hazelwood fire
This coal mine fire burned in Morwell, in Victoria's Latrobe Valley, for over a month, producing a huge amount of air pollution. The Latrobe Valley, with its coal-fired power stations, is notorious for its air pollution at the best of times.

Image credit 350.org

Gina Rinehart

Ms Rinehart is the wealthiest person in Australia. She could do enormous good works with her money, instead she chooses to harm the planet by trying to make people believe that anthropogenic climate change is not a fact; presumably so that her coal-mining businesses can make even more money for her.

Ms Rinehart's coal exports have probably killed thousands of people from the air pollution resulting from the burning of the coal.

Gina Rinehart's $4.5m gift to climate sceptic think-tank, the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA); Graham Readfearn writing for the Guardian, 2018/07/21.

Ian Plimer

Graham Readfearn wrote in RenewEconomy on 2019/02/06 about Ian Plimer's anti-climate rant in the notoriously anti-renewables, pro-coal, Murdoch-owned The Australian newspaper. Plimer was making the conspicuously dishonest claim that there was no consensus among climate scientists about climate change. Mr Readfearn pointed out the many errors in Mr Plimer's piece.

Mr Plimer is a retired professor of mining geology, and as Mr Readfearn pointed out he:

"sits on the board of several mining companies owned by Australia’s richest person, Gina Rinehart (who is herself a key funder of climate science denial efforts), including Queensland Coal Investments."
Plainly, Mr Plimer is hardly a disinterested party in the 'climate debate' and, as a retired professor of mining geology has little standing in climate science. Note that there is no debate among climate scientists, it is only in the popular media, and more in the Murdoch media than elsewhere.

I have had cause to write about Mr Plimer on a number of my pages. The reader could search my pages using the embedded Google search feature.

Australian Coalition governments

 
This section added 2019/06/08
The Australian Liberal/National Coalition governments from September 2013 to the time of writing have been not only shamefully pro-fossil fuels but also dishonestly and stridently opposed to the introduction of renewable energy.

The Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison governments, particularly the first and last of these, betrayed all people of future generations. One of the worst of all the criminals in these governments was the shamelessly dishonest Energy Minister of the Morrison Government, Angus Taylor.



Evil

If you Google something like "who is the most evil person in Australia" you will be guided to pages about serial killers and child abusers. Isn't someone like Gina Rinehart more deserving of being called the most evil person in Australia? The coal from her mines kills thousands of people each year and she tries to mislead the public about the harm coal is doing by donating millions of dollars to the IPA. As I have argued elsewhere, a person in a position of power who knowingly lies about climate change has to be in the running to being the greatest criminal in the history of Mankind.





Related pages

Ask who?: if you were able to ask the most respected people in the world about climate change what would they say?

The right and wrong side of history

Why would you do that?: why would you do things now that will make you despised by future generations?

The end of coal cannot come quickly enough!

Corporate greed

Compassion

Contribution to society

Ethics



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