When is it enough with proposed port expansion?
IS IT madness to expand the Yamba port, and increase its capacity to export more coal?
I looked at this in many ways, but I feel the cost environmentally outweighs the benefits.
As you have probably heard, there are plans to expand the Yamba port by YPR Australia.
This will create more infrastructure and ability to export more coal to countries such as China.
We have already seen the rest of the world start to transform their energy usage and begin a new trend towards renewable energy.
Chinese President Ji Jing Ping stated in the Australian Mining magazine: "We are going to punish, with an iron hand, any violators who destroy ecology or the environment."
"China's National Energy Administration drafted regulations to ban the import and domestic delivery of poor quality thermal coal to help curb its rampant pollution levels."
This article then goes on to say coal as a commodity is still wanted by the Chinese and the demand for coal will remain strong.
According to the Financial Review "new figures show China's electricity from coal-fired power generation fell 2.2% in the first eight months of the year, while electricity from hydro and nuclear power, rose 5.7% and 33.9% respectively".
This was taken from an issue on September 30, 2015.
In Business Insider it states "China's thermal coal imports from Mongolia fared the best of all major nations, falling 2% over the last 12 months, while Australia, Indonesia and Russia recorded steeper contractions of 17%, 42% and 31% respectively".
I am pointing this out as it seems as though the powers to be keep pushing the coal band wagon, when there is opportunity to move to a new evolution of energy generation.
Why do we insist on using coal?
There is another point to be made here, one that I feel is far more important.
It is this question, when is enough enough?
Do we just keep expanding, keep mining our recourses, keep dredging and destroying our valuable reefs, freshwater, soil and air, all for a short term fix?
This short term injection for the economy could prove fatal rather than looking at a generational focus over a longer term basis.
We share this land with the animals, plants, earth and sky.
Come to think about it, this land was lived on before European settlement.
Maybe we should take some advice from those elders and hear what they would have to say.
What do you think?
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