Tony Abbott has declared “coal is good for humanity” while opening a coal mine in Queensland. The prime minister, who describes himself as a conservationist, said that fossil fuel should not be demonized.
“Coal is vital for the future energy needs of the world,” he continued. “So let’s have no demonization of coal. Coal is good for humanity.”
There's a problem with his views. After a meeting with Barack Obama in June this year, Abbott said he took climate change very seriously.
“I regard myself as a conservationist,” he said. “Frankly, we should rest lightly on the planet and I’m determined to ensure that we do our duty by the future here.”
Uh oh. Coal mining is widely recognized as being very hard on the environment. From the Greenpeace website:
"Coal mining, the first step in the dirty lifecycle of coal, causes deforestation and releases toxic amounts of minerals and heavy metals into the soil and water. Coal mining’s effects persist for years after coal is removed."
Social Media was quick to weigh in.
In a related story from Carbonated.TV, "The List Of Reasons Why Aussies Dislike Their PM" outlines various actions that have outraged the public. That Abbot used D-Day memorials invite investors to Australia, his awkward wink, and comments on homosexuality and virginity are just a few reasons he's being called out on Twitter.
He was also widely taken to task for suggesting that ISIS is worse than Adolf Hitler's regime.