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QLD Resources Council unhappy with Climate Council report

Michael Roche says if the world had relied on renewable energy like wind, solar and biomass for primary energy, then the world would have had just 9 days of heat, light and artificial horsepower.
Michael Roche says if the world had relied on renewable energy like wind, solar and biomass for primary energy, then the world would have had just 9 days of heat, light and artificial horsepower.

THE Queensland Resources Council says the Climate Council's recent report is "pitching gloom and doom for the future of coal".

Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche said the report lacked any depth in its analysis of global coal demand, while turning a blind eye to Queensland being on the cusp of achieving record coal exports.

Mr Roche said the Climate Council report did not dispute that India's use of coal would increase but said that India "may" reduce its coal imports and cease all coal imports "within the next few years".

"The Climate Council's prediction on coal imports by India is based on material from The Guardian media outlet, an outlet financially backed by Mr Graeme Wood who publicly admits he is throwing millions into both renewables and the anti-coal activist movement," he said.

"Queensland is ready to step up to the plate to satisfy that high quality coal demand…including satisfying demand from China, India and other parts of developing Asia which are striving to give their people access to affordable power," Mr Roche said.

"If these countries cannot source coal from Queensland, they will simply seek it elsewhere, and that coal may not be as high quality, producing a worse outcome for global carbon emissions while denying Queensland thousands of new jobs."

Mr Roche said the claims that coal was a "dying energy source" were incorrect, citing the BP 2015 Statistical Review of World Energy.

"Coal use grew by 968 million tonnes of oil equivalent; or 4 times faster than renewables, 2.8 times faster than oil and 50 per cent faster than gas," he said.

"In 2014, if the world had relied on renewable energy like wind, solar and biomass for primary energy, then the world would have had just 9 days of heat, light and artificial horsepower.

"The Climate Council report is another in the long line of reports from the well-funded anti-coal brigade, who have made it clear their goal is to shut down the Australian coal industry, and hang the consequences for local jobs and for the energy poor millions in developing Asia."



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