With a little bit of luck, all the coal mines in Australia’s Northern Territory are going to stay open and the rest of the country will be breathing easy.
But coal mining is also the backbone of a massive energy sector that is increasingly the focus of an ongoing global battle to cut emissions and keep the planet warm.
The industry is facing unprecedented pressure to cut greenhouse gas emissions, with coal consumption forecast to double in coming decades and the world’s biggest coal mining region to become the world lead in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.
The government has repeatedly warned that if the industry does not get serious about cutting emissions, then the Australian economy could be at risk.
But the industry is not alone in its efforts to reduce emissions, according to industry experts and coal miners.
In fact, many other industries are also under pressure to meet their commitments under the Paris Agreement, including the mining industry, which has been accused of not following its own policies to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.
The coal industry has faced a barrage of challenges in the past few years, including high-profile cases in Australia and the United States, but the industry has never been stronger.
And the government has yet to take action on climate change.
But now, with the federal election approaching, some are starting to see the government as a potential ally in the fight against climate change and the environment.
The new government is expected to introduce the Climate Leadership Plan, a blueprint that outlines how it will respond to the Paris Climate Agreement.
It would give industry and government more power over the climate, while also allowing for more consultation on policy and regulation.
The Coalition government is set to deliver a climate change policy that will set a target to cut Australia’s emissions by 50 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, compared to the 2020 targets set under the Kyoto Protocol.
While the plan is expected in the coming weeks, a number of prominent industry figures are already warning that if coal mining companies don’t reduce their emissions, the industry will face the same challenge as other industries that have already been hit hard by climate change: The carbon price will increase.
The Government’s new plan would allow industry and the government to collaborate on a carbon price, which would be set at a level that is at least 50 per, percent below the current level of the carbon price.
This would mean that if companies do not reduce their carbon pollution, they could face the climate change equivalent of a 50-per-cent carbon price increase, according an analysis by the Climate Change Council, a lobby group.
This is what we have to do to stop climate change, says Pauline Hanson, who is the Opposition Leader.
This plan is going too far, says Professor Peter Reith, who works for the Climate Institute.
This is really going to be an incentive for them to not cut emissions.
But there is some concern among some industry figures that if these carbon prices are too high, they will force the industry to cut its emissions.
In Australia, the mining and electricity sectors have been the biggest emitters of carbon pollution.
But there are a number other industries where emissions are falling, like the food and drink industry.
And many other Australian industries, including construction, are also seeing the effect of climate change as the economy begins to slow.
This trend is expected not only to have an impact on the industry’s ability to make money but also the economy as a whole.
Australia is the second largest coal producer in the world, and the country has some of the highest greenhouse gas emission rates in the developed world.
Australia’s coal mining sector has been the target of a number recent investigations and investigations by Australian courts, but it has remained largely silent on the issue.
The industry has also been hit by recent climate change related court cases in which it has been hit with large fines and the loss of its licences to mine.
And despite the increasing pressure to reduce coal emissions, mining companies have been very quiet on the matter.
This has left a large number of companies in the industry with little information and little confidence in the government’s ability or willingness to act on climate.
So while the coal industry is in a difficult position, many are still committed to tackling climate change without fear of having their licences or their jobs at stake.
“We have got to take it as a challenge,” says John Williams, a mining engineer who is currently working on the coal project at Kiewadee in Queensland.
“We have a long way to go.”
The fight against coal mining has been ongoing for decades.
In the 1980s, the Queensland Government began issuing coal licence certificates to mining companies.
But in the 1990s, with major coal mines closing, the state government announced the creation of the Queensland Mining and Energy Commission (QMEC) to help regulate the industry.QMec has been instrumental in the establishment of the Commonwealth Mining Authority (CMA), which is responsible for oversight of the industry and oversees the industry through its own body, the Minerals Council of Queensland.