Mine not a win
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