Back to the Dark Ages

The Weekend Australian - - COMMENTARY -

Aus­tralian vot­ers are be­ing taken for a ride when it comes to en­ergy pol­icy. While other coun­tries are de­vel­op­ing coal and nu­clear power sta­tions Aus­tralia is clos­ing down coal, re­ject­ing nu­clear and be­com­ing over-re­liant on re­new­ables.

Two things are cer­tain here: we will con­tinue to pay high prices for our en­ergy, and our en­ergy sources will be­come un­re­li­able.

I laugh out loud when peo­ple are be­ing told to use blan­kets to keep warm in win­ter. Memo to re­new­able pro­po­nents: we no longer live in the Dark Ages, but we might soon be back there as the sum­mer ap­proaches. How do we keep cool in sum­mer, es­pe­cially old folk and those in hospi- tals? Not all of us have the ca­pac­ity to go swim­ming or find a tree and a cool breeze. I sug­gest that our politi­cians who seem to be hope­less on this is­sue turn off their heat­ing and cool­ing and re­sort to blan­kets and ice packs. Peter D. Surkitt, San­dring­ham, Vic

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