Story: Coal and coal mining

Advertisement for Solid Energy, 2005

Advertisement for Solid Energy, 2005

State-owned enterprise Solid Energy, the successor to State Coal Mines, was producing about 4 million tonnes of coal a year in 2005, when the rising price of oil and the imminent exhaustion of Māui gas supplies made coal appear an attractive energy option. The major obstacle to future use was atmospheric pollution from coal-burning, and advertisements such as this one associated coal with bright, clear and clean air.

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Alan Sherwood and Jock Phillips, 'Coal and coal mining - The future of coal', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 July 2022)

Story by Alan Sherwood and Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 14 Apr 2021