coalmine1Tony Abbott’s comment today that ‘coal is good for humanity,’ while opening the Caval Ridge coalmine in Moranbah, shows the Prime Minister is completely out of touch with the reality of the climate crisis we face.

“People will be shaking their heads in disbelief at the Prime Minister’s alarming comment today, and future generations will wonder how our Prime Minister could be so short sighted,” Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

“Every-day Australians are taking the lead on climate action, with more than one million installations of solar panels on homes and schools across the country.

“While our Prime Minister continues to ignore reality, Australians understand coal is threatening our very way of life and our planet, with global warming, sea level rise and acidification and more extreme weather events.

“I will be meeting young leaders from across Oceania this week, who are visiting Australia to protest against our mass export of coal, which is threatening their homes through sea level rise.

“But Tony Abbott is ignoring global pleas for Australia to stop digging up climate-destroying coal and instead ticking off on more mega mines to dramatically increase our national contribution to climate change and threaten job-rich industries which rely on a healthy climate.

“Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman’s insane coal-at-all costs agenda is destroying the climate and putting the sustainability of Queensland’s economy at great risk.

“Instead of waking up to falling coking and thermal coal prices, Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman keep pushing us along this dead-end road, which is full of job uncertainty.

“We have renewable alternatives that can provide sustainable, local jobs, but Tony Abbott is threatening renewable investment and putting the big mining companies ahead of Queenslanders and the climate,” Senator Waters said.