IN RESPONSE to Eric Oliver’s “Don’t blame the Greens” (Residents Against Dumping), in my public submissions to the parliamentary inquiry to remove the Greens’ tax-free status ( Whitsunday Times, April 23), our views could not be more stark.
Consider that Greenpeace, Getup and associated green groups with their “save the reef” campaigns have amassed huge amounts of money from public donations. Did you know that Greenpeace accumulated $20,173,271 and Getup $7,297,763 from tax-free donations in 2013 to support their campaign to stop coal from the Galilee Basin/ Abbot Point development? The Mackay Conversation Group, Lock the Gate and more are listed in this action at www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/transcripts/1206_greenpeace.pdf.
This tax-free money has been used to employ sustained media propaganda, legal challenges and the political influence of green voting, jeopardising economic benefits from coal exports for Australians. Many of us find this contemptible but also totally misinformed.
Trained as a chemical engineer with a 30-year heat transfer management career, I acknowledge an impact of CO2 until 1998 on global warming. But a 16-year pause during unabated increases in CO2 from fossil fuels since contradicts all alarmist UN IPCC computer model predictions. Yet these ideological extremists continue with their heads in the sand. True intelligent debate sources the latest global scientific temperature data, such as comment from the UK MET office and US congressional testimony, for example Professor Judith Currie. Furthermore, it upholds a selfless recognition that billions of Indians and Chinese hunger for their own secure electrical supply, unlike those hypocritical greens that keep their guaranteed 70%-plus coal-sourced electricity switched on.
John W Barnes, Bowen