PM Tony Abbott's 'coal is good for humanity' remarks derided

Comments by Australian PM Tony Abbott at the opening of Caval Ridge open pit metallurgical coal mine enflamed social media.

"Coal is vital for the future energy needs of the world," said Abbott at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the US$4.2 billion mine to be operated by BHP Mitsubishi Alliance.

"So let’s have no demonisation of coal. Coal is good for humanity."

The Guardian and ABC News led with the remarks in its coverage.

The Guardian article ran up the front page of Reddit.

People reacted on Twitter.

 

 

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