Friday, July 20, 2018

Dr. Bob Rich Shares Hard-Hitting Review on Pollution

Title: The Coal Truth
Author: David Ritter
Publisher: University of Western Australia Publishing
ISBN: 9781742589824

Reviewed by Dr. Bob Rich

The Coal Truth is the deplorable story of the proposed Adani mine in the Galilee Basin in Queensland, Australia, but is relevant to everyone, everywhere. 

Think of this coal mine idea as a case study about what’s wrong with our world, and what we need to do to fix it.

David Ritter is the ideal person to write this book. His research and journalistic skills are obvious on every page. His background as a lawyer give him the ability to explain complex concepts in a way any person will understand. And his role in leading Greenpeace Australia shows his commitment to creating a survivable future.
This is an important book. Reading it hurts in places -- in our crazy world, the truth is bound to -- but there is a lot of positivity to balance the gloom.

Part I is a powerful, personal but thoroughly documented monograph by David. It should be compulsory reading for everyone, particularly those who wield power. Naturally, they’ll dismiss it, but the rest of us need to rub their noses in it.

The second part details the evidence, by a group of experts with impeccable credentials.
I found Chapter 11 by John Quiggin to be particularly powerful, because it avoids any questions of environmental damage, ethical considerations or humanitarian/health issues, but focuses on matters the dinosaurs understand: MONEY. This chapter alone should convince anyone with half a brain that the Adani project is a no-goer. 

Only an idiot, or a bribed politician, can ignore the message from David and his fellow authors.


Dr. Bob Rich writes fiction and an eclectic newsletter called "Bobbing Around." It includes articles of note about everything from writing to the environment. He has been an environmental campaigner since 1972. Since he had young children, he studied futurology: the science of examining where current trends point. The results were horrifying, because he accurately predicted today’s world. Everything he does is still aimed at working for a future young people can survive in, and one that’s worth the effort. He asks everyone to join his team. To see what that involves, go to his blog, and read the essay, “How to change the world." 

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