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Another Coal Export deal - hurrah! - but wait - its that deadly coal stuff?

Palmer, Bligh in $69b China coal deal

Lots of revenue for the Queensland State Government, 7000 jobs, a twenty year contract… all fantastic stuff, but this is COAL. The stuff of the devil that produces more CO2 per tonne than anything else…and everyone is celebrating?

40 million tonnes a year of thermal coal going to China power stations to be burnt to produce electricity and of course CO2, and the Queensland Premier Anna Bligh is happy?

This is the hypocrisy of the Climate Change debate. If people really wanted to reduce the planets CO2 load – they would be condemning developments like this. However they don’t because 1. The politicians really only provide lip service to Climate Change (can you imagine Prime Minister Kevin Rudd coming out and condemning another coal mine?) , and 2. A large proportion of the population are also willing to give lip service to Climate Change – as long as it doesn’t cost anything.

I look forward to the Greens press release condemning this coal mine.

UPDATE: I am pleased to see that at least some people are consistent with their views. Friends of the Earth condemned the Coal mine here – a day later.

As they correctly pointed out:

“If the project goes ahead, then emissions from the exported coal would equal 20 per cent of Australia’s total domestic emissions,” said Friends of the Earth spokesperson Bradley Smith.

I still have not seen aything from the Greens, or any other politician (Mike Rann – its an election next month?) that claims to be a Climate change believer. This is such deadly stuff why don’t we ban the export of coal? We ban the export of Uranium to some countries because of the dangers – why don’t we ban the export of coal because the CO2 released will supposedly stuff up the planet?

Where are all those politicians that believe in Climate Change?

UPDATE2:   still no statement from the Greens ( I get their media statement emails) , so they are obviously happy for the millions of tonnes of coal to be converted to CO2.

This subject has been raised on Dot Earth on the New York Times. Interesting that is still doesn’t raise any interest in Australia.

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