An off-shore LNG project operated by Santos (Image: Santos)

It's rare that Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest -- the richest and most influential mining magnate in the country -- lets fly at other sectors of the extractive industry, but he didn't mince words about the fossil fuel sector in his comments to The Australian Financial Review published yesterday to the rage of fossil fuel interests.

Santos and Woodside were particular targets. “Santos is about to kick off one of the most polluting projects in the world. It needs to be called for what it is. It is an atrocious project, an atrocious project," Forrest said, before going on to point out "the fossil fuel industry’s cosiness with governments will lead to a perpetuation of that great lie ‘clean coal’ with its next sister great lie ‘clean hydrogen’."

It's almost as if Forrest has been reading Crikey, where we've been pointing out how fossil fuel companies skew public policy and the lie of clean coal for years.