News.co.nz: The myth of the coal bag article A myth?
That’s what the media is saying.
The “coal bag” myth has been going around for decades, with some suggesting it is the source of the country’s woes, and others that the government has made it into a “necessary evil” to save the country from “unfairness” on coal price.
The story of the “coastal coal” is so widespread that the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the world’s largest data provider, says the number of coal bags has jumped from about 5.5 million in 2004 to nearly 30 million in 2014.
“The truth is the number is growing,” said Dr Tim Jones, head of environmental science at the Australian National University.
“And it is growing by a lot.
Dr Jones says the trend has been accelerated in recent years by the “global financial crisis” which, he says, has resulted in an increased demand for coal. “
There’s a lot of coal in our soil, which we are trying to remove with chemicals.”
Dr Jones says the trend has been accelerated in recent years by the “global financial crisis” which, he says, has resulted in an increased demand for coal.
“We have a lot more coal that we need to use, and we don’t know how to do that,” he said.
Dr Jones said there is evidence that the “coal bag” is a myth and that the country is actually saving money on the cost of removing coal from land.
“It’s a bit like the Chinese, you know they have these giant bags of coal and they’re piling them up on top of each other,” he told News.au.
“So the more they do that, the more the price goes up and they’ve got to dump it into the ocean.”
Dr John Gee, a coal-believing climate scientist at the University of NSW, said the idea that the nation would be able to “recycle” its coal was “an illusion”.
“There is no evidence that there’s an increased capacity to use that coal, nor that the use of coal is being encouraged in any way, shape or form,” he wrote in a blog post.
“Indeed, as I pointed out, we are currently on track to lose over 30% of our coal resources by 2030, due to climate change and other factors.”
But, he added, the “cabinet is pushing for the removal of coal from the national grid and we can be sure that the Coalition will do everything in its power to ensure that happens.”‘
A bit like China’ Dr Jones believes the myth has a “global dimension”.
He said the fact that Australia was only producing 1.2 million tonnes of coal a year was an indication of the nation’s problems.
“Australia has become a bit of a coal country,” he added.
“China has more coal, Australia is importing about 1.6 million tonnes a year.
So if the national economy is doing very well, the fact it is so dependent on coal would be a sign of that.”
Coal is used for electricity generation in some parts of Australia, and is a by-product of the manufacture of steel, which is then used for building houses, cars and other construction materials.
It’s used in some manufacturing processes, and the carbon footprint of coal-fired power stations is estimated to be higher than those of renewable sources.
But the myth that the coal is an environmental menace has gained traction in recent times, and it is not new.
In 2008, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that Australia would be using 100 per cent renewable energy by 2020.
In March this year, Australia became the first country in the world to install an underground coal-powered power station in Queensland.