Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica
coal
Photo by Hunter So on Unsplash

Climate Change

Lump Of Coal Auctions For $2600 At Young Liberals Ball — ScoalMo Must Be So Proud

Metaphors of outrage escape me. They aren’t just rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic — they are firing RPGs into the deck. Not just fiddling while their electorates burn (as they did in 2020), but throwing fossil fuels on the blaze! These are the people who will have to live through the worst of what my generation and the ones before it have created, and they are celebrating. They are celebrating their own miserable demise in fire, flood, and ash.

The Young Liberals of the Australian Capital Territory picked a date close to the release of the IPCC report to have a mid-winter ball. At this ball, they auctioned a lump of coal from Adani’s Carmichael mine. It sold for $2600. I wonder what the owner will do with it — an ornament on the mantelpiece perhaps.

The Carmichael mine, operated by Indian Energy giant Adani, has been mired in controversy and protests for a decade. It is slowly coming into operation in the Galilee Basin of Queensland, one of several mines in an area described as a carbon bomb. The Adani mine alone is expected to add approximately 20 million tons of carbon dioxide a year to the atmosphere.

ACT minister for energy and emissions reduction Shane Rattenbury said, “I can’t tell which I find more insulting — the fact that the organisers thought this was a good idea, or the purchaser who paid an average person’s fortnightly income for it.” Either way, the young Liberals (and their senior Liberal Party colleagues who attended) are not taking the climate crisis seriously. I guess we kind of knew that already.

Liberal Prime Minister Scott Morrison (ScoMo) set the example 3 years ago by bringing a lump of coal into federal parliament, caressing it, and extolling its virtues. “Don’t be afraid, don’t be scared, it won’t hurt you, it’s coal,” he said as he fondled the lacquered lump. He may not have got his hands dirty then, but they are getting dirtier as the years go by.  

He set the example the young ones are following now.

Featured photo by Hunter So on Unsplash

 
 
 
Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality and cleantech news coverage? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 

Don't want to miss a cleantech story? Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!
 

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.
Advertisement
 
Written By

David Waterworth is a retired teacher who divides his time between looking after his grandchildren and trying to make sure they have a planet to live on. He is long on Tesla [NASDAQ:TSLA].

Comments

You May Also Like

Clean Transport

In a move destined to created heated conversation in the EV community, “Fortescue and ATCO Australia have opened Western Australia’s first green hydrogen refuelling...

Clean Transport

Team Global Express (TGE) plans to run 36 medium and 24 light rigid electric trucks in Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The move...

Cars

Santa has a bumper sack of presents for electric vehicle lovers in Australia. At our monthly Coffee, Cake, & EVs morning tea, Veda Prime...

Cars

What is the best way to field test printed solar panels? After 20 years in development in the lab at the University of Newcastle,...

Copyright © 2022 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.