By Michael Darby
Greens want to make burning coal a crime.
More than any other single factor, coal is directly responsible for the happiness, health and longevity of the residents of modern communities. Sadly, there are millions around the world who have been denied access to the benefits of coal. Our hearts go out to those folk who lack any or all of electricity, refrigeration, modern medicine, mechanized agriculture, mobility, illumination, education, communications, safe housing, secure employment and personal liberty.
A noble aim of modern civilisations is to extend to the world’s less fortunate all the benefits of coal, supplemented where appropriate by other reliable sources of energy. 240 million residents of India have no electricity (Bloomberg 25 Jan 2018). Death and property destruction are commonplace results of dangerous methods of cooking, heating and illumination, and around half of all food grown is spoiled or lost to decay or vermin because of lack of refrigeration. In common with millions of other victims of energy deprivation, these folk crave reliable energy.
The Australian Greens and their equally despicable allies including Greenpeace, WWF and GetUp! hold the racist view that energy deprived residents of the Sub-Continent do not deserve refrigeration or education. Hence the vicious and dishonest campaigns against Adani and GVK.
The Australian Greens have now crossed from viciousness to lunacy. In Hobart on Friday 16 November 2018, Adam Bandt MP announced a policy which purports to declare illegal the digging, burning or shipping thermal coal from 2030, after which date individuals and corporations would face up to seven years’ jail for using thermal coal. “After a transition period to allow us to switch to renewables, it will become a crime to use coal, because coal kills,” Mr Bandt said.
In coming weeks the ABC will do its best to promote this wicked attempt to de-industrialise Australia and crush the hopes of millions who hope for the benefits of coal from Australia.
Fortunately there are wise Australians committed to upholding coal-fired power generation. Senator Pauline Hanson brought a pro-coal motion to the Senate on 27 June 2018, and the six Pauline Hanson’s One Nation parliamentarians in Western Australia and Queensland will soon be joined by two or more pro-coal PHON parliamentarians from New South Wales. Every Australian who wants electricity to be reliable and affordable should help maximise the number of PHON parliamentarians throughout Australia.
A future key defender of civilization and human progress is the Saltbush Club, launched Australia-wide on Thursday 15 November 2018 by 200 pro-energy Australians from all walks of life.
Saltbush Club founder Viv Forbes writes:
“Our top priority is to have Australia withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement with all of its adverse consequences. Then fight the climate scare, remove all targets and subsidies promoting green energy, sell Snowy Hydro 2 and stop the wars on coal, cattle and cars.”