Cyclone Debbie and Coal in Australia

The environmental destruction that resulted from Cyclone Debbie in Australia was far-reaching. The energy sector, notably the coal industry of Australia, was affected due to damage to mines and rails which caused disruptions to the transportation of coal. Australia is the world’s largest coking coal exporter and China’s major supplier. Due to the supply shortages after the storm hit Australia, China turned to the United States for coal. Coking coal is a vital ingredient in steel making and prices have since skyrocketed after the cyclone.