Coun­cil re­new­able push wel­comed

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY - – TOBI LOF­TUS

CLI­MATE change is real. That is a fact we all have to ac­cept and it is some­thing we have to com­bat.

Last week North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil an­nounced it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing in­tro­duc­ing the re­new­able en­ergy in­dus­try into the re­gion, through a bio­gas plant which would be lo­cated near Monto (see page 8).

Mayor Rachel Cham­bers also left the door open to other forms of re­new­able en­ergy pro­duc­tion be­ing in­tro­duced in the North Bur­nett.

Fos­sil fu­els have been great for the tech­no­log­i­cal, so­cial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the world, they have lifted count­less of peo­ple out of poverty and con­tinue to do so.

We are now at a tech­no­log­i­cal stage though where we can get all of our sources from re­new­able en­ergy. I mean, we’re Queensland, the Sun­shine State. Bat­tery stor­age is also be­com­ing a lot cheaper now, with some Tesla bat­ter­ies down from $10,000 each to $2000 this past few years.

Of course this much-needed tran­si­tion to re­new­ables cre­ates is­sues.

En­ergy con­trol, keep­ing bill costs down and mak­ing sure the sup­ply is there are all im­por­tant.

These are is­sues that en­ergy com­pa­nies and gov­ern­ments need to tackle and they need to do it now.

It’s not some­thing we can just hold off.

For the sake of the planet we need to move to re­new­able en­ergy sources and do our part to com­bat cli­mate change.

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