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Billionaire Adani’s Disputed Mine Shows Ditching Coal Isn’t Easy

After years of protests, a divisive fossil fuel project is starting in Australia and underscores the difficult path to overhauling the world’s energy sector.  

Billionaire Gautam Adani’s coal mine in Australia, a project that’s become a global emblem for opposition to fossil fuels, is preparing to begin exports after more than a decade of bitter dispute over its development.

Proposed in 2010 and stalled by legal challenges, financing setbacks and a sustained campaign from climate activists, the operation is scheduled to ship first cargoes before the end of December and aims to supply an initial 10 million tons of thermal coal annually for at least 30 years.