Chinese decision to cut back on coal a move to a cleaner future
CHINESE efforts to diminish dependence on the most polluting of all fossil fuels have seen coal prices drop.
A new Chinese law banning the use of coal with high levels of sulphur and ash in areas around its largest cities to counter air pollution has the Bureau of Resource Economics warning that the new law alone could reduce Australia’s thermal coal exports to China by one sixth.
The world is thankfully moving towards a coal-free future and what we’re seeing in Queensland’s Bowen Basin is material evidence of that – the houses and the signs of excess like boats, jet skis and Harleys in driveways all have “for sale” signs stuck on them.
There is a chorus of commentators discounting the Prime Minister’s embarrassing claim that coal is an “essential part” of our economic future.
Tony Abbot’s era of knights, dames and coal is over.
At the State election a few years ago we had the chance to elect a forward-thinking ethical statesman who put forward great alternatives for Collie, but the WA people voted in a government bereft of an environmental clue – a coalition intent only on short-term profit – so passé. It is a sad reflection of the deterioration of our soils that our collective intellect voted for not only Abbott but the Barnett/Redman government with its “ship it out, cut it down, develop water” mentality.
Our biosphere will only just survive Barnett’s self-appointed longer term, if it does. Aboriginal people tell me how in their living memory the Collie River used to teem with fish, marron and birds.
I can only imagine what a bountiful and beautiful place Collie was and how vibrant the health of the people this abundance supported. I wonder if we can recover from the pollution of coal mining and the climate change coal-fired energy has brought about. There is a century of challenges ahead and we need to elect actual leaders who are not corrupt.
Some dull people eating their GM food in Bowen Basin say: “You just got to keep thinking that it’ll pass, that demand for coal will come back”, but those eating organic food say we are endowed with more sunshine than many countries who are all going solar thermal, leaving us far behind.
We better look up and live.