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Tony Abbott’s ‘coal is good’ line

Lenore Taylor writes in The Guardian (14.10.14) that Tony Abbott’s ‘coal is good’ line is familiar, and troubling. ‘He is in direct disagreement with Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, who warned this week that “the vast majority of reserves are unburnable” if the world is to avoid catastrophic climate change. No, he seems to be arguing that no transition is necessary – on the grounds that coal is “vital” for the future energy needs of the world. “Let’s have no demonisation of coal. Coal is good for humanity,” he says.’

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