In­dia says no to Aus­tralian coal

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

LAST Fri­day, speak­ing in In­dia, power Min­is­ter Goyal said In­dia ex­pects to stop im­port­ing coal in the next 2-3 years. “We want to com­pletely stop the im­port of ther­mal coal in the next two to three years,” Goyal said at the Mar­itime In­dia sum­mit in Mum­bai.

Goyal said his min­istry was work­ing to­wards achiev­ing the tar­get of gen­er­at­ing 20,000 MW of so­lar ca­pac­ity by 2017, a step up that could pro­pel In­dia to be­ing the num­ber 2 or 3 so­lar in­stalling na­tion glob­ally (be­hind China and the USA).

Why then are Adani, and some politi­cians, per­pet­u­at­ing the myth that In­dia needs Galilee Basin coal to sup­ply power to In­dia. Min­is­ter Goyal has clearly and re­peat­edly said that In­dia does not want Aus­tralian coal. Un­doubt­edly there is no need to ex­pand Ab­bot Point Port to fa­cil­i­tate the ex­port of coal that does not have a mar­ket.

There are a lot of false­hoods be­ing de­lib­er­ately cir­cu­lated about an un­wanted, un­bank­able, un­burn­able pro­posal that should ob­vi­ously never pro­ceed be­cause there is no mar­ket, no so­cial li­cense, and no need for th­ese projects.

Last Wed­nes­day the world’s largest coal pro­ducer, Pe­abody En­ergy, filed for bankruptcy. With the coal in­dus­try in struc­tural de­cline, we need to move away from coal to newer, cleaner, re­new­able en­er­gies to in­vig­o­rate our econ­omy.

We should be fo­cus­ing on other in­dus­tries and in­no­va­tions – we could fol­low In­dia’s lead and sub­stan­tially in­crease our so­lar in­dus­try for ex­am­ple - for em- ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. San­dra Wil­liams Air­lie Beach

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