Greenpeace anti-coal stance will "slash jobs"

Does Greenpeace's war on coal have some nasty unintended consequences?

by The Humph on 15 January 2013 14:57

Greenpeace's call for the end to coal export expansion is an attack on the jobs and economy of Australia's Capricornia region -- this is the reasonable conclusion of Liberal National Party of Queensland's Michelle Landry.

In a scathing attack, Landry quipped: "The coal mining industry of Capricornia is more powerful than I realised, 

"Two years ago Bob Brown blamed it for the floods, now it is getting the blame for bushfires too."

Naturally, where there are Greenpeace activists kicking up a stink there are left-wing politicians holding the kicking tee.

"Everyday Labor associates itself with the Greens and their extremist agenda... they are ignoring the interests of those who just want to have a job and get paid a decent wage for it," Landry said.

"Under the carbon tax, our coal industry will be 17 per cent smaller than without one,

"Labor can no longer represent the interests of Capricornia while its alliance with the Greens continues.

"Coal mining is the biggest employer in Capricornia providing 10 per cent of all jobs. The wealth it generates then underpins so many other jobs in the transport, business and other industries."

Which is an interesting point. Could it be that there is a law of unintended consequences at play? Are 'green' initiatives making the planet more... 'sooty black'?

Take Athens, for example, where an increase in duty has seen the price of heating oil double in two years. As a consequence, wood has soared in popularity as the city’s residents seek to heat their houses -- but this has caused particulate matter to rise, now "measured at 150 milligrammes per cubic metre, or three times the danger level, especially in the northern and western suburbs of the Greek capital."

Perhaps Greenpeace will learn a valuable lesson here and realise that attacking the heartbeat of local economies may end up biting it in the rear. But probably not.

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