Engineering News 3 July 2012.
South Africa’s support for the outcomes of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, held in Rio de Janeiro from June 20 to June 22, and known as Rio+20 for short, does not mean the country is going to turn its back on coal.
“As South Africa, we are not about to abandon our coal reserves,” assured Water Affairs and Environment Minister Edna Molewa in Pretoria on Monday. She was briefing the media on the outcomes of the conference.
(Editorial note: This must be a first – A Water affairs and Environment minister promoting coal mining and coal burning! I would have thought that a better strategy is to wait for the richer and more technologically advanced countries to pioneer carbon capture and then, if it works, we can piggy-back on their good work.
We can’t afford another PBMR.)