ON THE SUB­JECT OF NASA

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Hav­ing been con­vinced that car­bon­diox­ide is “poi­son” the con­gre­ga­tion of ecol­o­gism now strug­gles to un­der­stand real world bi­ol­ogy.

It gets even weirder when the faith­ful ar­gue the doc­trine with their own high­priests.

NASA is ecol­o­gism’s top-ranked pri­est and yet Ru­pert Rus­sell (Let­ters, Novem­ber 3) de­nies the CO2 fer­til­i­sa­tion ef­fect dis­cov­ered by NASA’s satel­lites.

Search “NASA car­bon diox­ide fer­til­i­sa­tion green­ing earth, study finds” and there’s an ex­pla­na­tion of the CO2 fer­til­i­sa­tion ef­fect and a link to the sci­ence.

Put sim­ply, with higher at­mo­spheric CO2 plants have smaller stom­ata, tran­spire less and use wa­ter more ef­fi­ciently, thus en­abling them to thrive in drier ar­eas.

Ad­di­tion­ally, more plants re­lease more volatiles which nu­cle­ate more clouds which gen­er­ate more rain which pushes deserts back even fur­ther.

Not only are hu­man­ity’s CO2 emis­sions not “poi­son”, they have led to a blos­som­ing of life across a planet that had been drained of this life giv­ing gas.

The fol­low­ers of ecol­o­gism should be over­joyed but dooms­day cults al­ways find mis­ery in ev­ery­thing which is why ecol­o­gism is so­cial­ism’s same-sex part­ner. PE­TER CAM­PION, Tolga with his hands and hand tools, stand­ing and kneeling in both pour­ing rain and pelt­ing sun at the re­mem­brance park near the round­about in Ather­ton.

What struck me most was that he was not a big man nor a young man, but an older, small yet wiry man who toiled alone re­gard­less of the con­di­tions.

I no­ticed this man as he calmly and steadily cleared the earth, dug the trenches and ul­ti­mately poured and formed the con­crete to cre­ate what are now go­ing to be gar­den beds for the park.

So I want to ac­knowl­edge this man’s ef­forts.

When the project is com­plete, peo­ple will no doubt com­ment on the beau­ti­ful gar­dens, will thank the TRC or RSL for the con­cept; but I would like us to take a mo­ment to no­tice the con­crete that sur­rounds the beauty and thank this man for his crafts­man­ship and sim­ple old fash­ioned work ethic...

I know I will. LINDA CLARKE, Ather­ton

CANE­GROW­ERS AND POWER BILLS

Hand­outs, hand-ups and sup­port mea­sures are no doubt wel­come re­lief to many Queens­lan­ders strug­gling with high power bills but, un­for­tu­nately they will do noth­ing to ad­dress the sys­temic prob­lems in the elec­tric­ity pric­ing sys­tem that have driven prices up in the first place.

The Queens­land Gov­ern­ment has is­sued five elec­tric­ity re­lated me­dia re­leases in less than 48 hours.

They’ve re­alised this is a hot is­sue for the com­mu­nity and vot­ers!

While do­ing its best to sound sin­cere and gen­er­ous.

It must not be for­got­ten that the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment will still make good money from elec­tric­ity – from the house­holds and busi­nesses of Queens­land.

The Gov­ern­ment can make th­ese an­nounce­ments be­cause rev­enue is higher than ex­pected.

Elec­tric­ity is not quite a magic bud­get pud­ding but it’s pretty close to one.

As the owner of the as­sets, the Gov­ern­ment could cut its profit take on a per­ma­nent ba­sis and en­sure the power com­pa­nies make cor­re­spond­ing cuts to their tar­iffs and charges.

It could also write down the in­flated as­set bases, the re­sults of over­in­vest­ment, which stim­u­lates power com­pa­nies to seek a higher re­turn from elec­tric­ity users.

On be­half of our cane farm­ing mem­bers, CANE­GROW­ERS has been call­ing, with other farm groups, for spe­cific food and fiber tar­iffs to recog­nise the im­por­tance of agri­cul­ture in feed­ing and cloth­ing us as well as pro­vid­ing ex­port in­come for the state.

A sus­tained price cut and a new tar­iff struc­ture that suits elec­tric­ity users rather than the power com­pa­nies would de­liver ben­e­fits where they’re needed most.

The bill re­bates an­nounced by the Gov­ern­ment are some re­lief but they are an in­ef­fi­cient mech­a­nism.

In the long run, re­bates are less eco­nom­i­cally ef­fi­cient and sus­tain­able than tack­ling the causes of high power bills head on. DAN GALLIGAN, Cane­grow­ers CEO

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