Australian PM dismisses ‘reckless’ calls to curb coal

Destroyed vehicles are seen after a bushfire passes through Buxton, New South Wales, Australia, on December 19, 2019. Calls have been raised for more climate-friendly policies as bushfires in Australia destroy an area the size of Belgium and unleash toxic smoke into major cities. – EPA pic, December 23, 2019.

UNDER-FIRE Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison today rejected calls for “reckless” and “job-destroying” cuts to the country’s vast coal industry in the face of a deadly climate-fuelled bushfire crisis.

“I am not going to write off the jobs of thousands of Australians by walking away from traditional industries,” Morrison told the Seven Network, in one of several morning interviews rejecting calls for further action.

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