Feed the beast until the beast feeds on you

According to reporting in the Australian, Deputy Queensland Premier Jackie Trad said that:

Workers in Queensland’s coal mining districts need to learn new skills amid a global backlash against coal-fired electricity.

More specifically, Ms Trad said:

The fact is, markets are moving away from thermal coal, communities are moving away from thermal coal, nation states are moving away from thermal coal.

What we need to do as a coal exporter is understand that, and equip our communities with the best possible chance of re-skilling, and that’s why we’re focused on other materials.

One wonders how the CFMMEU and AWU members who funded the political party and campaigns of Ms Trad and her ilk feel about being told to re-skill.  Maybe they can get one of this high paying green jobs that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is talking about.

But for some analytical background, this is a chart of the 10 year price history of thermal coal priced in Australian dollars (the global price of coal is denominated in US dollars).

This is a chart of thermal coal electricity plants.  The pink ones are currently under construction.  The purple ones are those currently planned.

The markets are moving away from thermal coal.  Can’t you see the scientific consensus.

And these are the people who want to steer industry policy, picking winners and losers.

Perhaps it is Ms Trad and her colleagues who need the re-skilling.

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26 Responses to Feed the beast until the beast feeds on you

  1. Perhaps it is Ms Trad and her colleagues who need the re-skilling.

    No. Deleted entirely from the political process.

  2. Up The Workers!

    I wouldn’t have thought that skills in the usage of brass knuckles, concrete boots and drug distribution lend themselves to knitting, flower-arranging and singing “Kum-Ba-Yah” with the Mung-Beaners.

  3. Bear Necessities

    Trad has the correct skills for a politician though.

  4. Lee

    … markets are moving away from thermal coal …
    Really?
    Then please explain why there are thousands of coal-fired plants worldwide and many hundreds more being built or being planned, “Einstein”

  5. teamv

    Trad won the primary vote in 2017 by just 500 votes.
    The seat is right in the inner city and is filled with an ever increasing population of green left nut jobs.

    She had to speak out against coal to save her seat but it might cost her union funding and it might even cost the labor party the election.

    The unions turned on Anna Bligh in 2012 for not supporting their jobs in rail, it might happen again.

  6. Surely it must be possible to nail these people, if they tell these lies in the House, for misleading parliament.

  7. Lee

    Maybe Trad’s idea of “re-skilling” is getting some workers to dig holes, and the others to fill them in.

  8. The BigBlueCat

    Is Ms Trad one of the “quota women” of the ALP? She sure sounds like an inner-city leftie …. one wonders if the candidate who stood against her might be any better.

    She hardly comes across as one who is compassionate towards the ALP’s traditional supporters – especially the coal miners. My how the worm turns ….

    She comes across more as a Greens than an ALP politician.

  9. MarcW

    Next time that a looney Green tells us that wind and solar are as cheap as coal power, please show them the second chart, then ask them to explain the reality.

  10. billie

    We’re all becoming Tasmania

  11. DaveR

    Jackie Trad – no idea about the international coal market or of the major industry based in her state. (Hint: thermal coal profits at the moment are very healthy, well above the long term average, and likely to go higher as the A$ falls further).

    Simply parroting the Green line straight out of Greenpeace and FOE in Europe. The totalitarian’s useful idiot.

  12. classical_hero

    She knows she can say that because the unions are not going to support the Liberals. To be honest I don’t care what happens there.

  13. Dr Faustus

    Is Ms Trad one of the “quota women” of the ALP? She sure sounds like an inner-city leftie …. one wonders if the candidate who stood against her might be any better.

    Trad is a hard-left ALP machine person.

    Careerist rather than quota, the lovely Jackie suffers personal agony with the daily realisation that dim-bulb Annastacia Palaszczuk is somehow Premier instead of her own goodself.

    The candidate who stood against her in 2017 (and nearly knocked Trad off) is a traditional inner-city Green. So, “better” is strictly a relative term in this instance.

  14. Squirrel

    The “new skills” would need to be for taxpayer-funded/subsidised jobs, or jobs which only exist due to regulation – anything else of value (i.e. paying somewhat better than minimum wage) which hasn’t already disappeared offshore, or been outlawed, will in time.

  15. Rafe Champion

    Another source of numbers of coal power stations is the summary stats in the global coal tracker.

  16. Rockdoctor

    Another old bloke
    #2944193, posted on February 26, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Perhaps it is Ms Trad and her colleagues who need the re-skilling.

    No. Deleted entirely from the political process.

    Hear hear. Nearly did happen last time but she was saved from the Greens by Liberal Preferences… Personally I don’t know what would have been worse…

  17. Old Lefty

    Retrenched miners turned into senior lecturers into eh school of one-legged single-parent-lesbian/trannie neo-Stalinist street-theatre studies?

  18. Mark M

    Cost-effective, clean, reliable grid: “You can have it all,” says Zibelman

    https://reneweconomy.com.au/cost-effective-clean-reliable-grid-you-can-have-it-all-says-zibelman-75540/

    Including no more droughts or floods?

    100 ~ 1000 year floods are proof of a stable climate.

  19. 2dogs

    Workers in Queensland’s coal mining districts need to learn new skills

    Should they learn to code?

  20. 2dogs

    And if Trad’s answer is yes, will Twitter censor her?

  21. mundi

    The dellusion against coal is amazing.

    People are talking about the move away from coal while Australia is setting record breaking export volumes.

    Complete and utter dellusion.

  22. Louis

    Trad is part of the Labor machine, they spent a fortune keeping her seat.

    Trad can treat the unions like her bitch and get away with it.

  23. egg_

    Did Duplicitous Bill not hear what Trad said, but agreed anyway?

  24. duncanm

    One wonders how the CFMMEU and AWU members who funded the political party and campaigns of Ms Trad and her ilk feel about being told to re-skill.

    well the CFMEU is (rightly) pissed, at least in NSW.

    February 22, 2019
    The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has given Labor Party MPs an ultimatum over their lack of support for the Wallarah 2 mine proposal on the Central Coast.

  25. duncanm

    Trad – a typical example of how we breed politicians these days. Almost Obama-like.

    Never had a real job of consequence in her life
    – Arts Degree
    – Master of Public Policy
    – Politics
    – dabbled in “Community Activity” and “Industrial Organising”. The local kindy and Amnesty International.

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