Townsville Bulletin



DEAR Vikki Campion (TB 2 October), it’s time to get out your six shooters.

Those bushranger­s from Western Australian-based BHP Nickel have this week commission­ed their first nickel sulphate plant to produce 100,000 tonnes of the battery material per annum.

This is enough to build batteries for 700,000 electric vehicles.

A BHP spokespers­on is quoted as saying they expect demand to grow by 500 per cent in the next decade.

More plant expansions therefore look likely.

It looks like coal jobs are bailed up and going nowhere as the electrific­ation of everything gathers pace to eradicate CO2 and methane emissions. China is no longer funding coal power.

Inquiries for electric vehicles in Europe are setting records.

The five stages of confrontin­g bad news are denial, anger, bargaining, sadness and depression and finally acceptance.

While Vikki seems to be at stage one it seems the Liberals may have dragged partner Barnaby (kicking and bellowing) up to stage three bargaining since the Deputy PM wants someone to “show me a plan” to get to net zero.



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