Coal interests are over-represented on the board of the Minerals Council of Australia, and they continue to promote the so-called benefits of coal to a largely compliant government even when the evidence points the other way, argues journalist Mike Seccombe in this Saturday Paper feature article.
DEA’s WA Chair Dr George Crisp, who was interviewed for this story, says that coal is harmful to human health, and is uneconomic when you consider the “externalities” from climate change and air pollution.
Dr Crisp says that while it’s difficult to get funding from coal-dependent governments a 2009 study by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, estimated the health costs from pollutants emitted by coal-fired power stations at $2.6 billion per year. Another study in greater metropolitan Sydney in 2005 that looked at the air pollution costs, estimated $4.7 billion per year in notional lost lives. About 50 per cent of that was attributed to coal-fired electricity.
How the Minerals Council of Australia has govt’s ear on coal was published in the Saturday Paper on 24 October 2015. You can read the full story HERE.