Hogsback on why everyone is sick of dangerous protestors

<i>HOGSBACK</i> reckons that the general public is sick and tired of activists who endanger their lives and innocent employees with their outrageous climate change stunts.

Hogsback on why everyone is sick of dangerous protestors

Not only are most regional communities fed up with the same anti-coal ranting, they now have to face outright violence by increasingly rabid protestors.

Adani recently reported that two protesters charged with assaulting an Adani contract worker appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court.

"Two individuals were charged with assault occasioning bodily harm in company and deprivation of liberty, following the assault of one of our people during the protest," an Adani spokeswoman said.

"A third individual faced charges related to locking-on to a drill rig on the rail site."

This is coming as demand for our higher-quality coal among developing economies in the Asian region.

This will continue to grow, driven in part by the electrification and new policy settings sensitive to the need to reduce carbon emissions and atmospheric pollutants, according to Whitehaven Coal's Sustainability Report.

"This is especially advantageous for Australia as a key producer of high-calorific value, low-ash, low-sulphur coal, and for our business, which is specifically oriented to supplying demand in our region for coal meeting these specifications," it states.

Whitehaven's metallurgical coal was also low in impurities and had "significant exposure to India ... which is forecast to experience strong growth in coking coal imports over the coming decades".

It is therefore no wonder that support from Australians for the nation's world-leading minerals industry continues to increase, according to the Minerals Council of Australia.

Research conducted for the MCA by JWS Research in late July shows that net favourability for mining is now at +35, up from +29 in March, and has improved with both men and women, across all age groups and amongst both Coalition and Labor voters.

Net favourability increased from +35 to +49 after viewing the campaign.

Support for mining is now at 55% of Australians - rising to 70% amongst those who have seen the campaign - with opposition to mining at its lowest level in recent years, down from 13% to 10%.

Not only is the general public tired of the anti-coal scare mongering - even seasoned meteorologists have had a gutful.

World Meteorological Organization secretary-general Petteri Taalas told the Talouselämä magazine in Finland that he disagrees with doomsday climate extremists who call for radical action to prevent a purported apocalypse.

"Now we should stay calm and ponder what is really the solution to this problem," Taalas said.

"It is not going to be the end of the world. The world is just becoming more challenging. In parts of the globe, living conditions are becoming worse, but people have survived in harsh conditions.

"While climate skepticism has become less of an issue, now we are being challenged from the other side. Climate experts have been attacked by these people and they claim that we should be much more radical. They are doomsters and extremists. They make threats."

Hogsback reckons people have had enough of the eco-madness and it's time to stop the dangerous protests.

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