Change is nat­u­ral, not our do­ing

Shepparton News - Country News - - OPINION -

Terry Court’s per­spec­tive (Coun­try News, Septem­ber 4, 2018) is ob­vi­ously very dif­fer­ent from mine.

He states that CO2 emis­sions must be re­duced without de­lay.

The prob­lem with this is that the gi­ant economies of China and In­dia have per­mis­sion to keep in­creas­ing emis­sions at least un­til 2030.

Has he been to the Chi­nese lead­er­ship and in­structed them they must im­me­di­ately cease all planned fu­ture ac­tiv­ity to save the planet? Didn’t think so. Ap­par­ently only Aus­tralians have to suf­fer.

Mr Court also clearly missed the memo from the Green war­riors’ HQ be­cause he uses the term ‘‘global warm­ing’’ on three oc­ca­sions.

The ‘proper’ term now is cli­mate change be­cause that ‘warm­ing’ isn’t work­ing out so well.

I re­mem­ber when the ex­perts told us a cou­ple of decades ago that Aus­tralians had to get used to the fact that the snow­fields of Vic­to­ria would be a waste­land by now.

The cur­rent season is one of the best on record.

One of the rea­sons green­house gasses aren’t having the im­pact the sci­en­tists’ mod­els pre­dicted is be­cause the planet doesn’t ac­tu­ally have a big glass roof over it.

The world is spin­ning through a freez­ing uni­verse and when gasses (of all types) warm, they ex­pand and then cool. This planet has a chang­ing cli­mate, for a mul­ti­tude of rea­sons, and it has been do­ing so for mil­lions of years be­fore the first cars or power sta­tions were built.

Mr Court’s other big claim is that wind and so­lar are now the cheap­est form of elec­tric­ity.

That may be true if you con­ve­niently ig­nore the var­i­ous gov­ern­ment sub­si­dies to get them built and over­look that gen­eral prices have been driven up by other gov­ern­ment de­ci­sions that have re­sulted in the clo­sure (or blow­ing up!) of cheaper coal-fired power sta­tions.

There is an easy so­lu­tion, though.

Those peo­ple who be­lieve in global warm­ing/cli­mate change should im­me­di­ately dis­con­nect from the elec­tric­ity grid, sell their cars and homes, and move into the near­est cave.

This will cut emis­sions and the rest of us can get on with our lives in peace. — Glenn Thom­son


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