Coal de­bate

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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