Australian coal exports

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Australia exports coal for thermal (coal-fired power stations) and metallurgical (coking coal) uses to countries such as Japan, China and India.

The following table summaries these coal exports:

2007 2008 CO2 emissions
Thermal coal (mt) 112 120 288
Coking coal (mt) 135 140 238
Totals 260 525

Source: ABARE June 08

With a population of 21.4 million people in Australia, coal exports equate to carbon emissions 24.6 tonnes per annum per person.

Australia coal exports are worth $55 billion per annum.

These figures are not counted as part of Australia's emissions under either Kyoto or UNFCCC.

This raises so many questions about our Australia's responsibility, such as:

How can politicians in Australia criticise China and India as major emitters, and justify this for not pursuing our Kyoto responsibility. Australia, the largest exporter of coal in the world , is selling them the coal they are burning.

The United States is a large coal user domestically, but actually much lower exporter.

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