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Title Four Corners: The End of Coal?
Published Australia : ABC, 2015
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Summary With the price of coal plummeting and our biggest customers turning to renewable energy, is Australia backing a loser?When Prime Minister Tony Abbott famously declared coal to be "good for humanity" and "essential to the prosperity of Australia" there was no doubting he saw a coal-fuelled future for the nation. And it's easy to see why: Australia has one of the world's largest deposits of coal; it provides two-thirds of our power, employs more than 50,000 people and brings in more than $40 billion a year from exports. Yet not everyone is so upbeat. Some argue that the downturn is permanent."There's been a number of price cycles like this in the past. I have to say this is probably the worst we've seen." - Mining ExecutiveFour Corners explores the driving forces that neither the Federal Government nor the mining industry can control. Among the challenges, rapid technological change revolutionising the way we generate and store power."It is totally a game changer." Christina Figuerres, UN Climate Change ChiefAnd investors are getting nervous."With fossil fuels we want to get out as quickly as possible for financial reasons, as fast as is prudent, but also because we feel like the value of these stocks is really declining." - US Investor"Financial markets though operate like a herd. Once one of the bulls runs, a stampede is caused." - Energy AnalystAnd with countries like China, America and the rest of the G7 committing to curbs on fossil fuels, will Australia be left on the wrong side of history?
Notes Closed captioning in English
Event Broadcast 2015-06-15 at 20:32:00
Notes Classification: NC
Subject Coal mines and mining -- Economic aspects.
Coal trade -- Prices.
Coal trade -- Social aspects.
Electric power production.
Renewable energy sources.
Form Streaming video
Author O'Brien, Kerry, host
Thompson, Geoff, reporter
Abbott, Tony, contributor
Bates, Craig, contributor
Bhavnagri, Kobad, contributor
Buckley, Tim, contributor
Davies, Derec, contributor
Fairhurst, Rick, contributor
Figueres, Christiana, contributor
Fowler, Robert, contributor
Galilee, Stephen, contributor
Garnaut, Ross, contributor
Goyal, Piyush, contributor
Hewson, John, contributor
McNamara, Brad, contributor
Meulen, Luke Van Der, contributor
Monea, Mike, contributor
Obama, Barack, contributor
Roche, Michael, contributor
Turner, Richard, contributor
Wayne, Valeri Rockefeller, contributor