No more “Chocolate city”
An Australian firm has signed aÂ $60bn deal to supply coal to Chinese power stations.
Clive Palmer, chairman of the company, Resourcehouse, said it was Australia’s “biggest ever export contract”.
Under the deal, the firm will build a new mining complex to give China Power International DevelopmentÂ 30m tonnes of coal a year for 20 years. More>>
We need an AustralianÂ Tim Montana to commemorate our new mega-mine in song. Even better, the mine â€“Â six mines, in fact â€“ will apparently require the construction ofÂ a new dam, a new power grid, 500km of railway line and a 570km water pipeline. That meansÂ jobs, people. Tens of thousands of wonderful, life-enhancing, car-buying, family-building jobs. Naturally, greenoids areÂ bawling:
A $69 billion coal deal announced by mining magnate Clive Palmer and Premier Anna Bligh is“another nail in the coffin of our climate”, says Friends of the Earth Brisbane.
Sucked in, losers. But no word yet from Kevin Rudd; he’s likely still consoling little Gracie, who at the moment probably feelsÂ let down. We now live in a time when massive job creation is regarded by the Prime Minister as a political liability.