By Adelaide Sirox Kari – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Australia, the source of PNG’s love for Rugby League.
And also the source of a push for a
Put them together and it’s a powerful public relations tool, especially when you have the much loved Darren Lockyer and Sam Thaiday, from the even more loved Brisbane Broncos Team.
Thaiday was in Goroka to launch the EHP Super 8 Cup, but his tweet on Twitter thanking Mayur Resources has got PNG rugby fans asking and NGO’s asking the former forward to leave rugby out of the push for a Coal mine and power station.
Climate Change Action Organisation says Coal is the single biggest contributor and the burning of coal is responsible for 46% of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide.
It’s the reason why Fiji Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, asked the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morison, during his recent visit to Fiji, to take climate change seriously, as Australia leads the world in the coal industry.
Christen Lohberger from Nogat Coal says he believes the PNG Government is serious about climate change and the move to coal may be in the interest of only a few in government.
The Minister for Energy Sam Basil saying the mining of coal will provide revenue for the economy and a coal power station a cheaper option for Electricity.
But the NGO says its cheaper energy, all at a cost of climate change effects and health issues also associated with Coal and reasons why PNG should say no to coal.