Coal won’t create jobs
QUEENSLAND Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche made a number of incorrect assertions against me, but I agree with him that regional Queenslanders are desperate for jobs ( C-M, Aug 26).
The coal industry will not be able to provide these jobs because the coal price is in decline. I am concerned by the failure of both our state and federal governments to provide alternatives for coal workers who are losing their jobs. Adani has no finance for its Carmichael mine project and 12 international banks have ruled out financing it.
If Adani were to somehow find finance, for example through the Abbott Government’s plan to give it a taxpayer-funded handout, the mine and port would threaten jobs in agriculture and tourism by exacerbating climate change and by direct impacts on groundwater and the Great Barrier Reef. We need to take advantage of the trade and job opportunities of renewable energy. Larissa Waters, Greens senator for Queensland