Bob Brown and Coal
Leader of the Green Political Party, Senator Bob Brown, calls for coal companies to bear the burden of the floods given they are very likely caused by climate change driven by global warming. The coal industry, however, is into its second year of a wonderful bonus delivered by Bob Brown and his colleagues in the Senate: on December 2, 2009, they blocked Kevin Rudd’s legislation for an Emissions Trading Scheme which meant coal companies were sparred the costs of buying carbon permits. This relieved them of estimated extra costs of $14 billion in the first ten years of operation.
The Minerals Council couldn’t believe its luck – the purists (the Green Political Party) voted with the Deniers (the post-Turnbull Coalition) and, as a result, to this day, Australia places no price on the activities that are pumping carbon into the upper atmosphere where it traps the sun’s heat and bakes the planet.
Deft manoeuvring, Greens.
It makes the party an objective ally of the coal industry and points up the ill-thought out nature of Brown’s top-of-the head headline-chasing with those comments about their culpability.