Coal di­nosaurs

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

DEB­BIE break­ing rain­fall records, Har­vey flood­ing Texas, Irma and other hur­ri­canes go­ing through the Caribbean, ma­jor flood­ing in South Asia, fires in Green­land, ships in the Arc­tic with­out ice­break­ers and still our state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments refuse to act on re­duc­ing green house gas emis­sions.

If they are wor­ried about real jobs, the $1 bil­lion they want to “loan” to the bil­lion­aire Adani, they should in­stead in­vest in so­lar ther­mal power plants that will pro­vide more jobs and base load power with­out any emis­sions.

Many peo­ple made a good liv­ing off the coal in­dus­try, but un­de­ni­able in­creases in sea tem­per­a­tures as a re­sult of burn­ing fos­sil fu­els makes this in­dus­try dan­ger­ous and dy­ing; and we now have al­ter­na­tives that weren’t avail­able 20 years ago.

More peo­ple are em­ployed in re­new­ables than coal in many other ar­eas of the world, while Aus­tralia is out­stand­ing only in its re­fusal to moveto re­new­able en­ergy sup­plies.

Why are our gov­ern­ments deny­ing the science?

When will we re­alise the threat to all our fu­tures, and stand up to th­ese coal di­nosaurs and throw them out?

- Jonathan Peter, Air­lie Beach

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