The Australia Institute, the country’s most influential progressive think tank, recently launched a petition to the President of France asking him to put coal exports on the agenda for the Paris climate change talks in December, and to request a global moratorium on new coal mines.
Richard Denniss, chief economist of The Australia Institute, says “There is no room for more coal mines in a world economy that is tackling climate change. If Australia succeeds in its coal export ambitions, the world will fail in its efforts to tackle global warming”.
He says “Our research shows that the coal industry doesn’t employ many people, doesn’t pay much tax, but does receive billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded subsidies from state and federal governments. Our research also shows preventing new mines from going ahead would be beneficial to the economy”.
Support The Australia Institute’s petition at www.nonewcoalmines.org.au