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2017-10-14. Australia Debates: Does a Warming Planet Really Need More Coal?

posted Oct 17, 2017, 12:47 PM by Alan Gould
By Jacqueline Williams, The New York Times. For GSS Climate Change chapter 9. Excerpt: ...In a desolate corner of northeastern Australia, about 100 miles from the nearest town, a grassy stretch of prime grazing land sits above a vein of coal so rich and deep that it could be mined for decades. The Australian government is considering a proposal to build one of the world’s largest coal mines in this remote locale, known as the Galilee Basin, where acacia and eucalyptus trees grow wild between scattered creeks. An Indian conglomerate, the Adani Group, has asked for a taxpayer-financed loan of as much as $800 million to make the enormous project viable, promising to create thousands of jobs in return. But the plan has met intense opposition in Australia and abroad, focusing attention on a question with global resonance: Given the threat of climate change and the slowing global demand for coal, does the world really need another giant mine, especially at the public’s expense? .... https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/14/world/australia/australia-adani-carmichael-coal-mine.html