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Will Adani save Indian children

Colin Clarke, Ocean Shores

Normally I would not bother to respond but the loss of one million Indian infants each year does matter to many of us, if not letter writers Harrison and Mills.

Firstly let’s address the facts. India and China alone account for 69 per cent of the projected worldwide increase in coal-fired electricity generation (International Energy Outlook 2016). Even Germany, thought of by many as a leader in renewables, still generates 50 per cent of its power from fossil fuels and when their renewables are not performing gets its power from France’s (wait for it!) nuclear energy plants.

Indian-owned Adani will ship Australian coal to India to fuel these newly built coal-fired power plants to provide electrical energy to many of its people who currently do not have that option. Hence the deaths of so many children owing to inhalation of cooking-fire smoke (World Health Organisation).

The destruction of the Great Artesian Basin and the Barrier Reef are fake facts that cannot be substantiated.

Sloganeering such as ‘the long term consequences of short term profiteering and 19th century technology’ add nothing to the debate.

The Green movement that initiates these protests believes the world is overpopulated so isn’t it good that a million little Indian children die each year to help keep the population increase down. Maybe you should tell your children that.


3 responses to “Will Adani save Indian children”

  1. Tony Doyle says:

    Try telling the Anti Adani protesters that, they would rather see kids die , than see their cause disrupted.

  2. Louise says:

    ‘Adani will save Indian children’ is ignorant rubbish.

    Anyone with a scant knowledge of India knows they have few poles and wires (expensive infrastructure needed to deliver coal generated electricity to homes).

    It’s much more cost effective and better for the health of Indian children to invest in solar power with back up battery storage, which can be provided without the need for expensive poles and wires or the deadly emissions generated by burning dirty coal.

    We don’t need dodgy corporations like Adani, which has been found to have spilt massive amounts of toxic waste into our ocean far in excess of their generous entitlement, and further endangering the Great Barrier Reef which is already in danger of being destroyed.

    BRILLIANT!!

    • Peter Hatfield says:

      There are many challenge for India’s energy sector, including the improvement of its governance and revenue collection, extending electricity to its poorest, and increaisng its genrating capacity. But at the highest levels India has a highly capable administrators, and advisers with energy and environmental expertise. They have delivered a major increase in access to electricity and they did not do so with solar panels and batteries. The Indian Government has recenlty boasted of delivering electricity to 100% of villages while a recent article in the respected Hindustan Times told readers the World Bank had said: “India is doing ‘extremely well’ on electrification with nearly 85% of the country’s population having access to electricity”.

      Adani’s operations here will be subject to QLD and Australian environmental law. Coal powered generation forms part of that increase caoacity in India It displaces carbon polluting and dangerous burning of kerosine, dung and other carbon materials for cooking and lighting, and the use of inneficient local electricity generation by factories and middle class families. As such there is no reason that Adani’s operations here will contribute to global warming which is the main danger to the reef.

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