Abbott’s support for Old King Coal is worse than knighting a prince – Opinion – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

If you needed more evidence that Tony Abbott’s views are stuck in a bygone era, look to his support of a power source from the 1800s.

PRIME MINISTER TONY ABBOTT knights a prince and pushes his own leadership to the brink of a spill. The resulting storm of criticism has dimmed the flame Mr Abbott keeps lit for the monarchy — even his biggest supporters have called him out of touch, behind the times, clinging desperately to a bygone era.

That’s true, but knights and dames are the least of it.

The Prime Minister’s knighthood decision was dumb, but it isn’t hurting anybody (except maybe himself) in the comprehensive, long-lasting way some of his other decisions are.

Worse than knighting a prince is pledging allegiance to Old King Coal.

Who could forget when Tony Abbott declared that, “coal is good for humanity”? It is not. Coal has been left behind by the clever, cleaner alternatives we have today.

Then the PM said, “coal has a big future in Australia”. It does not. It is a dying industry reliant on a resource that must be left in the ground if we want to maintain a liveable planet.

But politics can move painfully slowly. On this issue Parliament House is stuck in slow-motion, while the rest of Australia is charging ahead. There are thousands of people working as solar installers; farmers are including renewable energy on the balance sheet by getting a stable income from wind turbines; communities are coming together against coal seam gas; and individuals are doing all they can to cut pollution — reducing, rethinking, reusing, recycling, and cutting their bills with renewable power.

In recent years, people have really harnessed their power as consumers, but not all have yet realised how much power they have as investors.

You don’t need a share portfolio. If you have a bank account, you have money being invested. If you have superannuation, you have money being invested. If you’re paying a mortgage, university fees, council rates or tax you have money being invested. But how is your money being used?

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