Australia fires: PM rejects ‘reckless’ calls to limit coal industry

Posted: December 23, 2019 by oldbrew in climate, Energy, flames, government, News
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Lots of coal in Australia

Evidence that at least one national leader understands that winding down the economy to impress shouty ‘activists’ is not a sensible policy, despite the current emergencies.

Australian PM Scott Morrison says he will not make “reckless” cuts to the nation’s coal industry, despite criticism of his response to climate change and a deadly bushfire crisis.

Australia is being ravaged by bushfires which have killed nine people and razed hundreds of homes since September, reports BBC News.

As the crisis escalated last week, Mr Morrison faced a backlash for deciding to take a family holiday to Hawaii.

On Monday, he reiterated he would not adjust his policies through “panic”.

The nation has steadfastly backed coal-fired power for its economic value, despite the recommendations of a major report on climate change.

The coal industry employs some 38,000 people, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

“What we won’t do is engage in reckless and job-destroying and economy-crunching targets which are being sought,” Mr Morrison told local broadcaster Nine.

Full report here.

  1. oldbrew says:

    Not taking the California route…

    Governor Newsom Doubling Down To Dismantle The California Economy
    Posted on Sun 12/22/2019

    With its green dreams of an emission free state, California has not even been able to generate enough of its own electricity in-state and imported 29% of its needs in 2018. The good news is that other states had the extra power. The bad news is that imported electricity comes at higher cost and those costs are being borne by residents and businesses alike. California households are already paying 50% more, and industrial users are paying more than double the national average for electricity.
    – – –
    Reality-lite ideology-driven policy :/

  2. oldbrew says:

    Issued 24 December 2019

    The ENSO Outlook is currently INACTIVE. This means there is little or no sign of El Niño or La Niña developing in the coming months.

    See the ENSO Wrap-Up for further information

  3. hunterson7 says:

    Calling the bushfires this season a “crisis” is highly deceptive.