In a delicious attempt at greenwash, Stuff’s article on clean Pike River coal makes for hilarious reading. It claims that because Pike River has (wisely) decided to load the trains with coal a little closer to the mine, somehow there has been a miraculous reduction in emissions associated with the coal. Here’s the byline:
CLEANER COAL: Pike River Coal, which is developing a mine near Greymouth, says it has chosen a transport route for the coal that will result in lower carbon emissions than an alternative option.
Let’s be fair. None of the Pike River press releases made this outrageous claim of cleaner coal. They wouldn’t have the courage to do so. However, a business editor has taken some interesting liberties with the facts. To further the schizophrenic nature of the article, it only appears on Stuff but is headlined as being from Reuters and footnoted as being from the NZPA.
Next, we’ll be touting our clean, green coal across the world, claiming to have sorted once and for all the coal miles debate. The sad fact is, coal will never be clean. Even with sequestration, which I support should it ever prove viable, it will always be a dirty business.