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  • Abbot Point coal spill, Dingo Beach April 2017 © Dean Sewell / Oculi

    Aerial photo of Abbot Point coal spill on Dingo beach 11 April 2017 Image: Dean Sewell / Oculi

Adani, coal & Abbot Point: Myth busters

Myth: The Adani Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail project will create 10,000 jobs 

Busted: Evidence presented under oath by Adani’s own economic witness, in a case heard by the Queensland Land Court found that the project would create 1,464 jobs (this is a net figure, taking account of jobs losses elsewhere in the economy). This includes both direct and indirect jobs. 

Myth: Claims that Adani’s Australian coal is needed to solve the problem of energy poverty in India 

Busted: That’s totally false. In fact, people lack access to electricity not because there is no electricity but because they cannot afford access to it. Electricity from solar is cheaper in India than electricity from imported thermal coal, Also, it is Indian Government policy to stop importing coal by the end of this decade. 

Myth: Australia has high quality coal, and if India doesn’t get coal from us, they will get dirtier coal which will be worse for emissions from elsewhere. 

Busted: Australia does have a lot of high quality coal (defined as high in energy and low in ash content), however, the coal proposed to be mined by Adani’s Carmichael project is much poorer quality than the Australian industry average, and is roughly as poor quality as average Indian coal. It was revealed on ABC Radio that Adani plans to send low energy / high ash coal to India from the Carmichael mine. This will worsen the already severe air pollution in India which kills 1 million people every year. 

Myth: Other claims that India needs this for its development 

Busted: India needs clean electricity from solar/wind, not dirty polluting coal. 

An Australian delegation went to India earlier this month heard shocking revelations from local Indians whose lives have been adversely affected by the Adani company. The delegation visited villages alongside Adani’s Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone and Adani’s Hazira Port. In Mundra the team met with fish workers, farmers and pastoralists who live near

Adani’s massive coal fired power plant in Mundra, India's second largest operational power plant (4,600 MW). In constructing this plant, Adani breached strict environmental guidelines imposed by the government. The Delegation met with the former Environment Minister and former Finance Minister, Jairam Ramesh, who warned Australia that the Adani company will not hesitate to do the same in Australia: 

“Mr Adani is a very influential businessman. ..We [the Government] imposed a number of conditions on some of his projects, on ports, and he [Mr Adani] tried his best to circumvent those conditions...Mr Adani who has not complied with regulations in his home country cannot be expected to comply with regulations in another country.” (on the record, can make this audio available - at .58 secs). 

Much of the local community in affected areas have had their fish stocks, ground water and other water sources polluted and promise local jobs and then hire migrant workers.