Coal Billionaire vs Human Rights
Cognitive bias is natural. Science is our best way to overcome it. Can our judicial systems cope with this?

Growth of large scale coal mining, and all fossil fuel powered economic development, is incompatible with global heating mitigation, as greenhouse gas emissions need to be falling rapidly now.  No more to "OLD ENERGY".

Queensland now has "human rights" legislation. It remains to be seen how this legislation stands up in court against the huge money weight of vested interests.

These young Queenslanders are taking on Clive Palmers coal company

In a landmark case, 25 young people aged 13 to 30 are mounting a legal challenge to the massive, Clive Palmer-owned Galilee Basin coal project. This will be the first time human rights arguments are used in a climate change case in Australia.
Palmer’s proposed Waratah Coal mine in the Galilee Basin will dwarf Adani’s operation, extracting four times as much coal per year.

Ownership of Fossil Fuel Mines, or receiving direct or indirect benefits from, is a key bias selector in how people choose what information to seek, read, and believe about Global Heating. Fossil fuel benefits also determines the group-think of social mix in terms of wealth and social class. For instance Coal Baron Matt Ridley is a major influence on several powerful climate deniers including Ruport Murdoch, and Lord Lawson's Global Warming Policy Foundation. Economic wealth, status and political power all rolled into one make a strong climate denial package. 

The actual need to go for a court case on this matter, and the resistance to considering "scope-3" emissions, or consider our national "limits to growth", demonstrates the extreme poverty of thinking of our governments on global heating. Hooked into power from current investment into fossil fuel extraction, Australia's elite political and mining social circles can be expected to have strong bias against considering the climate future of young Australians. Current wealth investment bias is stopping investment in global heating mitigation.

The need to write off existing reserves shines a revealing light on global climate politics, because when you map out the world's fossil fuel reserves, a striking correlation emerges between the amount of carbon a country has in the ground and its keenness for – or resistance to – a global climate deal. -- https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/apr/19/fossil-fuels-and-vested-interests

author:
Michael Rynn
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Current wealth investment bias is stopping investment in global heating mitigation
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Cognitive bias, Wealth investment blindness, global heating mitigation
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Coal Billionaire vs Human Rights