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Judith Brett on the Politics of Denial: Australia's Coal Addiction

Judith Brett on the Politics of Denial: Australia's Coal Addiction

by Judith Brett

Judith Brett explores the consequences of Australia's coal addiction, from stalled climate-change policy to tensions between farmers and miners.

Format
PB
Category
Non-Fiction
Publisher
Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd
Publish Date
June 2020

Australia is the world's biggest coal exporter, accounting for over a third of coal exports worldwide. In 2018, coal overtook iron ore as our most valuable export.Scott Morrison's government has embraced coal, doubling down on supporting the industry, calling climate-based boycotts of coal companies "indulgent and selfish" and vowing to stop protestors. But what does our increased reliance on coal mean for the nation? For the economy and the environment? And where will it leave us when the world stops buying it?In this nuanced and insightful essay, Judith Brett looks at the consequences of Australia's coal addiction, from stalled climate-change policy to tensions between farmers and miners. She assesses where to next for a fractious Coalition and the Quiet Australians

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