De­bate fires up be­tween gree­nies and pol­lies

Shepparton News - Country News - - OPINION -

With en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists show­ing their true colours of shame­ful bias, mixed ‘‘facts’’ and lack of em­pa­thy for the grad­ual demise of one of our most im­por­tant and ef­fi­cient food pro­duc­ing re­gions, I must give credit to politi­cians show­ing in­ter­est in bal­anc­ing this wa­ter tug-of-war and at­tempt­ing to save some of our di­min­ish­ing food pro­duc­ers.

On the other hand, the ‘Save the Rivers’ peo­ple are forc­ing the pro­pa­ganda to ex­pand from the chief ex­ecu­tor of the Mur­rayDar­ling Basin Plan in con­tin­ued at­tempts to jus­tify the triple bot­tom line the­ory to the pub­lic.

Let’s hope some com­mon­sense will emerge to en­able the am­ple stored wa­ter to as­sist with food and fod­der pro­duc­tion at this crit­i­cal time. — Wil­liam Morgan, In­ver­gor­don Per­fect site for so­lar To save farm­ing land from so­lar farms, why hasn’t the site bounded by Goul­burn Valley Hwy, Verney Rd, No 14 Chan­nel and Gra­ham­vale Rd been con­sid­ered?

It ap­pears to only be used for large aeri­als (475 Verney Rd, Gra­ham­vale) and the land around th­ese would be ideal for so­lar pan­els as it does not ap­pear to be used for any­thing but grow­ing weeds.

— Mike Duf­fett, Nu­murkah Face up to facts It is hard to be­lieve we find the na­tion crip­pled by en­ergy pol­icy once again.

From my per­spec­tive the fol­low­ing logic ap­plies:

■ Global warming is caus­ing enor­mous dam­age to the planet;

■ Car­bon diox­ide (CO2) cre­ated by hu­man ac­tiv­ity is a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to global warming;

■ CO emis­sions must be re­duced with­out2 de­lay to min­imise global warming;

■ Rapidly re­duc­ing the CO2 emis­sions of our elec­tric­ity in­dus­try is the cheap­est way to re­duce our CO emis­sions and meet our cur­rent in­ter­na­tional obli­ga­tions;

■ Wind and so­lar pho­to­voltaic are now the cheap­est form of elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion and can be built in a frac­tion of the time re­quired to build other gen­er­at­ing fa­cil­i­ties; and

■ The stor­age of elec­tric­ity in small and large-scale batteries and mod­erni­sa­tion of elec­tric­ity dis­tri­bu­tion and trans­mis­sion net­works are al­ready im­prov­ing elec­tric­ity re­li­a­bil­ity and will con­tinue to do as coal-fired power sta­tions reach the end of their eco­nomic life.

Why is it that some politi­cians can­not ac­cept the facts and get on with se­cur­ing our en­ergy needs and the fu­ture of the planet?

— Terry Court, Tatura

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