In 2014 the Climate Council of Australia along with 27 Health Agencies presented this BRIEFING PAPER: Health effects of Coal.
IT HIGHLIGHTS 4 KEY FINDINGS
Coal mining and burning coal for electricity emits toxic and carcinogenic substances into our air, water and land.
Coal pollution is linked to the development of potentially fatal diseases and studies show severe health impacts on miners, workers and local communities.
Australia’s heavy reliance on coal for electricity generation and massive coal industry expansion present significant risks to the health of communities, families and individuals.
Emissions from coal mine fires, like the recent Hazelwood mine fire in Victoria, and the release of heavy metal and organic compounds, pose health risks for surrounding populations, such as respiratory and heart disease, cancers and other health conditions.
If you were making Billions of Dollars and this was on the National News, what would you do?
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Back in the 60s when the Surgeon General warned that smoking was killing Americans by the thousands every year, the big tobacco companies were packing poo. They knew the jig was up, but they didn't want to stop making $Billions. So they came up with a plan. Creative Advertising. Fight fire with fire. They spent up big and... it worked. Finally the government banned tobacco advertising and all these years later, thousands of people still die as a direct result of smoking every year.
Do you think the Aussie Minerals Council, facing the same situation may be borrowing from the Tobacco playbook? Check it out.
Kelly O’Shanassy, chief executive of the Australian Conservation Foundation says “Coal is a dangerous little black rock. Every climate scientist and almost every politician in the world knows that coal is very polluting and very dangerous. The only people who don’t get that are the Minerals Council and our government.“I’m glad that the Minerals Council has woken up to the 18th century potential of coal. I can’t wait until they see the 21st century potential of renewable energy.”
This is another opinion.
Why are we still digging up the dead dinosaurs Malcolm? You're supposed to be running the country and creating policy to benefit the majority of Australian citizens. Not running away from the big issues and creating higher electricity bills for every home.
This is just plain wrong. It's killing thousands and you refute scientific proof and ignore it.
Thousands have died thanks to James Hardie's Asbestos products. How much longer will it be ignored?
What do you think?