ON THE SUBJECT OF NASA
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