Dear Mr Christensen
HARDLY a week goes by without our MP George Christensen going off like a roman candle about "extreme greens" being a threat to jobs in the coal industry.
Ironically, it is the coal industry itself that is a threat to all of us, including it's present workforce; as the worldwide data and overwhelming independent science confirms we are polluting and heating up our oceans and atmosphere in an undeniably destructive fashion.
Last October the CSIRO in Melbourne, in conjunction with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, discovered that the Southern Ocean is heating up at more than twice the rate that was inferred from earlier measurements. Surprise, surprise. More cyclones and more intense cyclones are the result.
The people of Vanuatu and other coastal areas are beginning to recognize that the true "ecoterrorists" are the promoters and business interests benefiting from the coal industry. Beyond Zero Emissions demonstrated five years ago that we don't need any coal for base load power, as these demands could be met by off-the-shelf solar thermal, photovoltaics, wind, and tidal power alternatives all providing healthier, longer term jobs in sunrise industries. When are our polit- icians going to wake up to the need to help us move to a truly more sustainable energy future? If we wait for the ice sheets over Greenland or in Antarctica to melt before we accept this obvious threat, it will be too late. The sea level will rise over seven metres, and "civilization" as we know it will be irrevocably lost. You may laugh, but that is the direction your denial of Climate Science and continued support of an out-dated, destructive industry is taking us.
Jonathan Peter AIRLIE BEACH
drum’ hard enough, we could have had this significant community concern addressed and this particular boat ramp could have been upgraded.
While the Labor Palaszczuk government gets on with the job and upgrades this necessary piece of infrastructure, we watch our representative blame everyone but himself.
Bronwyn Taha MIDGE POINT