Tuesday, May 15, 2007


Bob Brown says Australia must stop exporting coal. The Germans are keen to import coal for power generation, however:
The European Union aspires to be the world's first low carbon economy and its emissions trading scheme is designed to limit production of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is emitted in large quantities by burning coal.

But Germany, the world's sixth largest greenhouse gas emitter, is planning 15 new coal plants by 2012 because it is cheaper to burn coal than more environmentally-friendly gas, even with the added cost of offsetting emissions of CO2, a gas that contributes to global warming.

Power companies and European policy makers are also wary of being overly dependent on imported Russian gas and of the rising cost of gas, which is linked to high oil prices.

Whereas the European Union imports a quarter of its gas from Russia, coal is available from a variety of sources across the globe, meaning supplies are less vulnerable to disruption.
Why should Australia unilaterally impose a coal export embargo? So green types will feel like they've accomplished something, while costing thousands of jobs in the process.


Anonymous Elijah said...

And for the greenies to show what a bunch of bankrupt useless tools they are.

10:45 PM  

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