Hiding neoliberal coal behind the Indian poor

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Journal of Australian Political Economy
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Journal of Australian Political Economy, 2016, 2016 (78), pp. 132 - 158
Issue Date:
2016
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The opening up of extensive coal reserves in Central Queensland’s Galilee Basin for mining and export has been strongly criticised for environmental and social reasons that will be felt for generations to come. If the proposed mines go ahead, it can lead to a blowout of Australia’s carbon emissions, deplete groundwater, destroy native vegetation and endangered species, affect the traditional rights of the Wangan and Jagalingou people, and physically harm the Great Barrier Reef and its associated coastal wetlands through port expansion and increased coal traffic (Environmental Law Australia 2016). Environmental and social costs aside, financial assessments have cautioned that new Australian mines risk becoming stranded assets due to a slump in coal prices, increasing affordability of solar technology, and international momentum to reduce greenhouse emissions (Buckley and Sanzillo 2013; Dennis 2015).
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