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Australia's coal industry urges re-elected Morrison government to build new coal plants

Coal News - Published on Wed, 22 May 2019

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The Guardian reported that the coal industry has begun lobbying the re-elected Morrison government to support hardline positions, including building new coal-fired power stations and weakening approvals processes for new mines. The Coal Council of Australia released a statement on Sunday welcoming the election result, praising the Coalition for supporting coal, and calling on Labor to reverse many of its climate-focused policies towards the fossil fuel.

The CCA chief executive, Greg Evans, said that “While elections are about an array of issues, it is important to note in coal-related electorates in both NSW and Queensland, Labor members and candidates recorded strong swings against them.”

In the three electorates home to most of Australia’s large coalmines – Dawson and Capricornia in Queensland and Hunter in NSW – voters delivered double-digit swings to the government.

The coal council is a hardline industry group, established earlier this year amid a split among members of the Minerals Council of Australia about climate policy. The group is opposed to “transition” policies designed to assist miners and coal communities to weather a predicted slowdown in coal exports; instead clinging to the most optimistic projections that also assume the world fails dramatically to meet its Paris climate targets.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 22 May 2019
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