Mine not a win

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

ADANI has re­cently an­nounced that it will be go­ing ahead with its Carmichael coal mine and Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor An­drew Will­cox claims that this news is a win for the re­gion. There is a se­ri­ous dis­con­nect here.

As Cen­tral Queens­land burns from cli­mate change charged drought, heat­waves and bush­fires, he claims this as a win? I don’t agree.

The Mayor went on to say that, “Mother Na­ture has dealt us some tough cards in re­cent times via cy­clones and drought, so ther­mal coal be­ing mined in re­gional Queens­land by work­ers liv­ing in re­gional Queens­land is a pos­i­tive”.

Yes, Mother Na­ture has dealt us some tough cards but those cy­clones and drought have been en­hanced by global warm­ing which is fu­elled by the burn­ing of coal.

Let’s not for­get the cur­rent heat­wave and bush­fires, also en­hanced by global warm­ing.

And I am sure that the Great Bar­rier Reef tourism op­er­a­tors are quite con­cerned about the risk of fu­ture co­ral bleach­ing events that will be­come re­al­ity if we con­tinue to burn coal.

No, I just don’t see the open­ing of the Carmichael coal mine as a pos­i­tive for re­gional Queens­land.

Quite the con­trary. If this mine goes ahead, it will po­ten­tially be a huge loss to the area.

There will be few, if any lo­cal jobs. The mine will be fully au­to­mated.

The mine will have a huge im­pact on the scarce wa­ter re­sources of the Galilee Basin, putting many farm­ers’ liveli­hoods at risk.

But most im­por­tant, the coal dug from the Carmichael mine, when burned, will pro­duce thou­sands of tonnes of green­house gases, in­creas­ing the im­pact of global warm­ing and mak­ing the cur­rent weather seem like a pleas­ant day in spring. — Tony Fontes, Air­lie Beach

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