Pay for the planet

Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star - - NEWS | OPINION -

I RE­FER to Tr­ish Badgery’s let­ter (The Star, Septem­ber 13) re­gard­ing Re­new­able En­ergy Tar­gets.

I agree that the So­lar Bonus Scheme was poorly thought through.

It was in­tro­duced at a time of grow­ing con­cern about a warm­ing cli­mate and, al­though it was not fair, it did have the de­sired ef­fect of re­duc­ing the burn­ing of fos­sil fu­els.

If, as was said, there is a pro­posal to re­move the un­fair­ness of the scheme, then that is a good thing and we should all ap­plaud it.

The real is­sue, of course, is the prob­lem that the scheme was in­tro­duced to fix. Our cli­mate is still warm­ing. It may have fallen out of favour with our politi­cians but there is more ev­i­dence ev­ery year that sug­gests we should be very, very wor­ried about the planet we be­queath to our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.

To say that our gov­ern­ment is ‘in­dulging in ide­ol­ogy’ when try­ing to ad­dress this is­sue is sim­ply un­be­liev­able. There is only one planet.

We need to look af­ter it and, yes, we are go­ing to have to pay for it. But that cost will be cheap com­pared with the cost of do­ing noth­ing.

— Frank Box Brighton

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