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In praise of Big Coal

Through its coal-digging antics, Oz has made itself the midwife of a new era of progress around the world

26 April 2014

9:00 AM

26 April 2014

9:00 AM

Why are so many Australians so sniffy about the coal industry? Everywhere I go I meet someone who has a beef with the black stuff. And it isn’t just the usual suspects — those green-hearted weepers for Gaia who think any kind of rummaging in the earth for combustible resources is a crime against nature, and who are hilariously unaware that their unproductive lives of tweeting and thrift-shopping would be impossible if a couple of hundred years ago man hadn’t burnt copious amounts of coal and in the process invented the modern world.

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Brendan O’Neill is editor of Spiked in London. He is in Australia this month as scholar-in-residence for the Centre for Independent Studies.

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