Coal is not a dark demon of devastation
This abundant resource can still be a key player in SA's energy mix if it cleans up its act
While the pressure to reduce greenhouse emissions in the mining value chain is good, this scrutiny is often religiously used to denigrate coal. Coal is still a force for good, and it therefore requires all hands on deck to reverse its historical effects on climate.
Polemic tensions between coal, environment and society must be overridden by national interest. Pragmatism ought to triumph over dogmatism in finding solutions to the myriad challenges the country faces. While climate change concerns are real, the temptation to dogmatically condemn coal to eternal damnation must be avoided...