Coral or coal
MANY politicians and some commentators have been very boring of late in their failure to recognise what overwhelming evidence tells us.
That is that the overriding danger to the reef is global warming, which is leading to an increase in temperature and acidity; conditions which make it very difficult for our beloved reef to survive.
We know that global warming is caused by burning fossil fuels, which increases carbon in the atmosphere. This is expected to reach 400 parts per million for the first time in the next few days.
“Extreme Greens” are therefore most concerned to campaign against the mining and burning of coal and so the very idea of the Adani project is an anathema to them.
Green groups are providing a very important balance in the political spectrum to counteract the lobbying of the rich and heavily subsidised fossil fuel companies.
The main and oft repeated argument trotted out to justify mining projects is job provision so it is interesting to discover that renewable energy projects are providing many jobs the world over.
Since the government drastically reduced funding for several agencies set up to encourage renewables some 2000 jobs have been lost in this sector in Australia. Compare that with the two million new jobs created in renewable energy production worldwide in the same period. Let’s not be boring any more. Peter Harling Proserpine