Re­ply from a Green

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS -

Dear Ge­orge, I am us­ing the Times to con­tact you as your busy life pre­vents you from deal­ing with emails, phone calls or even a Christ­mas card, but you did make some friendly, flat­ter­ing, com­ments in last week’s Times about ex­treme greens.

I think I might be one of those and I know you will be filled with re­morse when you re­alise just how mis­taken you are with your crit­i­cism of us. I am sure most think­ing peo­ple will agree that we should be grate­ful for our cur­rent life­style and the cheap elec­tric­ity we en­joy, in part due to the mas­sive fi­nan­cial sup­port min­ing com­pa­nies have been given by suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments.

How­ever, the World’s poor are not be­ing told that they must stay in poverty as you say you be­lieve. On the con­trary, it is fairly com­mon knowl­edge that off grid so­lar en­ergy can now be made to reach re­mote ar­eas faster and cheaper than en­ergy pro­duced in one of those waste­ful large cen­tralised coal fired power sta­tions. So­lar power would there­fore be much bet­ter suited to the needs of the 300 mil­lion poor In­di­ans who live in small com­mu­ni­ties. Coal dust pol­lu­tion of their air, wa­ter, and soil would also be avoided, which may be the rea­son why 69% of In­di­ans pre­ferred so­lar to coal fired en­ergy in a re­cent sur­vey.

Per­haps those cru­cial words global warm­ing should also de­serve a men­tion in this con­text, although, for some rea­son the re­cent fed­eral gov­ern­ment in­ter­gen­er­a­tional re­port to­tally ig­nores this phe­nom­e­non.

Peter Har­ling RIORD AN­VALE

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