Australian clean energy activists might have recognised some strangely familiar faces joining their ranks of late – those of their greatest adversaries in the coal industry.
|Coal sector executives have been switching sides |
to chase profits up for grabs in green energy.
Coal sector executives have been quietly switching sides to chase the lucrative profits up for grabs in green energy and – welcome or not – the experience they bring could prove vital to the increasingly desperate race to avert cataclysmic climate change. From a fifth-generation coalminer applying his hereditary knowledge to harvesting the building blocks of a clean energy economy to a fierce opponent of a price on carbon launching an energy-efficiency start-up, here are a few examples:
Altura Mining managing director James Brown – ‘It’s sad in a way ... we’ve always been proud to be coalminers’
Having dug their way from industrial revolution Wales and Scotland right through to the other side of the world in post-federation Australia, the Browns have made a living out of coalmining for at least five generations.
Read Max Opray’s story on The Guardian - “Family, air quality and a strong business case: the coal executives defecting to green energy.”