As Sweden debates how best to get out of the coal mining business, Australia is debating how best to subsidise the world’s largest export coal mines. Just last week the Australian Federal Government approved the enormous Adani/Carmichael coal mine which, at 40 kilometres long and 10 kilometres wide, is bigger than Gothenburg. The Australian Government has repeatedly signalled its willingness to financially support the project.
If built, the Adani/Carmichael mine would produce more than 2 billion tonnes of coal over its life. That’s enough to make a road of coal 10 metres wide, 1 metre deep and 200,000 kilometres long. Long enough to wrap around the world 5 times.