In a call to arms Minerals Council of Australia boss Brendan Pearson has launched a campaign to stifle the catchcries of "noisy extremists" he says are threatening the industry's future.

Despite growing opposition to fossil fuels and science which links burning coal to climate change, Mr Pearson says a silent majority of Australians still support the sector. “The campaign to end coal production and exports will fail,” he said in a statement. Critics are yet to say what material can…