POVERTY LIFT

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

RE­NEW­ABLE energy is eas­ier, quicker and cheaper than burn­ing coal to help lift peo­ple out of poverty through ac­cess to power, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­port by Ox­fam Aus­tralia. Yet I read that Tony Ab­bott is go­ing to refuse to at­tend the emis­sion re­duc­tion talks in Paris in Novem­ber. Ox­fam’s re­port chal­lenges our Prime Min­is­ter and the min­ing in­dus­try’s spin about coal be­ing the cheap­est way to lift peo­ple out of poverty. The rest of the world is leav­ing Aus­tralia be­hind in the race to take up re­new­able energy, it is clear that the fu­ture is in the clean energy in­dus­try. Cli­matic dis­as­ters are al­ready here to stay and this is not go­ing to im­prove while emis­sions con­tinue to es­ca­late. The con­tin­ued prop­ping up of the dirty energy sec­tor (with our taxes) and this Gov­ern­ment’s in­ac­tion on pro­gress­ing a job-rich re­new­able energy sec­tor is not help­ing our econ­omy, our peo­ple, or the globe. Frack­ing our wa­ter ta­ble and turn­ing our pre­cious farm lands into ever deeper coal holes was never go­ing to be sus­tain­able. Time for Tony Ab­bott to wake up, or get out of the way. This is the lucky coun­try. It is our duty and re­spon­si­bil­ity to com­mit to strong tar­gets to re­duce dan­ger­ous, pol­lut­ing emis­sions, and un­for­tu­nately that is not go­ing to hap­pen un­der Tony Ab­bott. I ea­gerly await the next Fed­eral elec­tion so Aus­tralia can throw out not only Bron­wyn Bishop, but the whole rot­ten lot of them.

ANNE JACK­SON

Bull­yard

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