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Head of BHP Billiton Coal turns down invite to visit Tokelau

Head of BHP Billiton Coal turns down invite to visit Tokelau

Updated 5 May 2014, 10:32 AEST

The mining giant BHP has declined an invitation to visit the tiny Pacific island nation of Tokelau.

The Ulu of Tokelau, Aliki Faipule Kuresa Nasau wrote a letter to the President of BHP Billiton Coal, Dean Dalla Valle, asking him to visit to see the impacts of climate change firsthand.

It followed recent comments he made about the vital role coal plays in lifting 1.7 billion people out of poverty.

But Faipule says while reducing poverty is a commendable aim, as a fossil fuel, coal is contributing to climate change - something the people of Tokelau are having to deal with firsthand.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

Speaker: Aliki Faipule Kuresa Nasau, Tokelau Ulu

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