Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Mal Brough's unbelievable position on how our coal exports are saving the environment

Dear Sean, Thank you for your comments. In answer to your questions: 1. No. On the contrary, not mining and exporting this coal will ensure lower grade more damaging coal will be burnt in the power stations of the world. 2. I am not going to stop this mining I support it. Whilst I respect your right to your views I do not agree with them. Mal.
March 25th, 9:30pm
Thank you for the prompt response. In regards to the first question I asked if you accepted that coal mining, exportation and burning was harmful to the environment and not if it was less harmful than some other alternative. The concept of doing less harm is relevant and in that context then there are numerous alternatives that are much less harmful than any grade of coal.

1 comment:

  1. Well, with the understanding that renewables cannot keep life as we know it chugging along we are going to have to make do with coal, and then fracked gas, and then nuclear, until we melt down because there is no way of powering interim and long-term storage of spent fuel after the uranium's all used up...

    Couldn't possibly consider changing our way of life? No, because that would mean our economy implodes, and even though money isn't really 'real', it's real enough that people will starve and heads will go on sticks when the economy grinds to a standstill.

    Makes me think that pushing pollies for a steady-state economy is probably one of the most benign moves we can make, as, even though they won't embrace it in any hurry, they are going to continue trying to "grow" their way out of debt until everything's used up and trashed.

    Incidentally, did you know that QLD is $80bn in debt? There is a invite-only roundtable session this evening in Brisbane, courtesy of the state treasurer and minister for trade. A mate of mine has been lucky enough to score an invite and is probably the lone voice present that will advocate for a solution other than "grow our way out of this mess" - which we all know translates to more coal mining....