No excuses whatsoever, Australia shouldn't be exporting thermal coal, not without a large carbon tax on it.
For iron production there's no alternative to coking coal at this point, that could use a carbon tax too, but then China and India will just buy from Brazil and Mongolia and Australia will be broke.
Australia has always been shortsighted and unimaginative - hence the lucky country quote, no real technology economy, little value addition or creation except in farming, dependent on steadily selling off its finite resources faster and faster to stay afloat - and destroying valuable farmland to do so.
Australians think they're pretty clever, selling three tons of coal and two tons of iron ore for a pittance and buying in a Toyota.
Factoring out immigration the economy has been going steadily backwards for about 30 years, productivity has been declining similarly.
Once again we're going through a bushfire crisis, we'll talk again about the need for planned burns and land management, again exactly nothing will happen until the next round of bushfires and again everyone will wail and ask why nothing was done.
It doesn't help that come election time we have a choice between right-wing religious nuts and corrupt union shills, not one of whom gives a shit about anything except the next election cycle, lining up a job outside politics and their pension.
But hey, the most popular and self-serving PM can chug a beer.
Mining companies have far more clout with the govt than individual farmers, the country representative was more focused on fucking his staff than representing his constituents so thats how we end up with a massive coalmine which will probably give more profit to an Indian company than to Australia, and having poisoned farmland and the sea will likely be a net deficit.
Can we tell Indian peasants they can't have electric ovens and refrigerators when they can't manage their own grossly overpopulated country at even a basic level?
I'd say we can, but then they call us racists and thats annoying so we sell them the coal.
Last edited by Dilbert_X (2019-11-13 14:25:48)