Sunday, May 28, 2017

Family, air quality and a strong business case: the coal executives defecting to green energy

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.

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