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Coal lobby’s ad campaign ignores the jobs it is killing

The mining lobby's advertising blitz today neglects to mention the jobs it is killing in other industries and the carbon pollution it is threatening our very way of life with.

"The mining lobby doesn't want to talk about the jobs it is killing in the agriculture, tourism and renewable energy industries," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said

"Even though coal workers are losing their jobs, because the coal price is in structural decline, the big parties aren't providing them with an alternative.

"We need to take advantage of the jobs and trade opportunities of the clean energy economy, with a transition plan for coal workers, who are losing their jobs because the coal industry is dying.

"If the Galilee Basin was a country and all of its coal was burnt, it would be the seventh largest emitter of carbon pollution in the world.

"Queensland's agriculture industry and Great Barrier Reef tourism are not only threatened by the on-the-ground impacts of mega coal mines and ports but also through extreme drought, ocean acidification, sea-level rise and coral bleaching.

"We live in one of the sunniest places in the world - we have job-rich clean energy alternatives that won't cost our land, water, Great Barrier Reef or climate," Senator Waters said. 

 

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