Con­fused cli­mate

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

IT’S quite ap­par­ent from re­cent cor­re­spon­dence and cli­matic events that mixed views ex­ist about cli­mate change, in par­tic­u­lar the causes.

There is no doubt our cli­mate is chang­ing, it al­ways has and will con­tinue to do so, but are such changes at­trib­ut­able in any­way to man’s pro­duc­tion of CO2.

Let’s as­sume the cur­rent gov­ern­ment and other cli­mate change ad­vo­cates are cor­rect about man-made emis­sions caus­ing the global cli­matic changes we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing. In the first in­stance we make lame at- tempts to go green us­ing wind, sun and sea to gen­er­ate en­ergy, and then we try and curb mass pro­duc­tion of CO2 emis­sions by in­tro­duc­ing an associated car­bon tax.

If the gov­ern­ment is so ded­i­cated to its cause, can some­body please ex­plain why there is no legal re­quire­ment to in­stall so­lar pan­els on all new build­ings, why we have in­ad­e­quate pub­lic trans­port sys­tems and why, one which I find a real brain stormer, are car man­u­fac­tur­ers around the world al­lowed to pro­duce mo­tor ve­hi­cles which are de­signed to travel well in ex­cess of most ac­cept­able speed lim­its and with no rea­son­able or en­forced stan­dards be­ing ap­plied to their fuel econ­omy?

By lim­it­ing per­for­mance and in­creas­ing the fuel econ­omy, it’s ob­vi­ous less fuel will be used, there­fore less emis­sions and a small re­prieve on the life­span of our liq­uid gold as­sets.

There is also the pos­si­bil­ity that deaths associated with ex­cess speed might be red uce d . Un­fort unate l y , money and greed, and the quest for po­lit­i­cal power and con­trol will en­sure such prac­ti­cal ap­proaches will never be ap­plied, es­pe­cially when you con­sider the bil­lions we spend on wars that take us nowhere, and how ex­treme capitalismis tol­er­ated – our pri­or­i­ties are wrong.

Iron­i­cally the point at which our CO pro­duc­ing fos­sil fu­els are burnt out will be the point when our planet is still tick­ing along nicely from a cli­matic per­spec­tive, but as for how mankind deals with the loss of such re­sources will be an­other mat­ter. CHRIS WHIT­WORTH, Idalia.

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