Lismores candidates for the two major parties in Saturdays state election do not support the immediate phasing out of the coal industry as a way to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Lismore MP Thomas George and Labors Peter Lanyon were asked what they would do to phase out the coal industry if elected.

Mr Lanyon said Labor was still mining the black stuff and he was 100 per cent convinced of the need to phase out coal mining not now, but as soon as possible.

Coal miners, he suggested, were likely to meet the same fate as the blacksmiths or chimney sweeps of the past as the industry was eventually wound down.

However, Mr George went straight to the point, declaring that he would not support the phasing out of coal completely.

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