Pigs take flight: Chief coal miner becomes Gore prophet

24 09 2007

A sign of the times perhaps.  The environmental enlightenment has come so far in the last couple of years.  Unbelievably, the head of Australia’s coal mining union (CFMEU) is learning how to give Al Gore’s keynote presentation.

I’m so shocked I don’t know quite what to make of this.  Below is recent News Limited coverage.  (I suspect the heading should probably read “Miners embrace fight against climate change.”)

Miners embrace climate change

 By Tony Maher

September 19, 2007 12:00am

IN The Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore speaks of his family’s struggle to come to terms with their history as tobacco farmers.

When faced with the evidence of tobacco’s harmful affects, the family’s initial instinct is to ignore it – until Gore’s sister is herself stricken with lung cancer and the charade of business as usual is crushed forever.

The scene struck a chord with me – the national leader of Australian coal miners – who is charged with looking after both short term interests of wages and conditions – as well as long-term job security…..

See the rest of the article here.

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