Stanthorpe Border Post - - OPINION -


THEY planned the Land of Make Be­lieve.

They wanted wa­ter with­out build­ing dams, cheap re­li­able elec­tric­ity with­out burn­ing coal or gas, trans­port with­out us­ing petrol or diesel, food with­out farm­ers or fish­er­men, em­ploy­ment with­out fac­to­ries, and met­als and mo­tor fu­els with­out re­finer­ies.

Their coun­try­side was ugli­fied by pad­docks of magic mir­rors, forests of whirling bird slicers and spi­der-webs of ac­cess tracks, and power lines that de­liv­ered abun­dant elec­tric­ity when it was least needed.

But the taps went dry, cat­tle and crops died, lights went out, seafood and rice came from Viet­nam, met­als were smelted and re­fined in China, trains were built in In­dia, cars and trucks came from Ja­pan, mo­tors fu­els were im­ported from South East Asia, and sav­ings fled to Zurich.

Wel­come to Green Aus­tralia. Viv Forbes, Wash­pool

Lack of ac­tion

GRETA Thun­berg, the lit­tle rich girl from Swe­den, wants to chide us all over the lack of ac­tion on cli­mate change.

Ap­par­ently where she comes from they are do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to curb car­bon emis­sions.

One looks at Swe­den’s elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion to find that Swe­den pro­duces 40% of their elec­tric­ity from three nu­clear power sta­tions.

The bal­ance comes from hy­dro elec­tric power gen­er­a­tors, which in­ci­den­tally re­quired snow and ice to melt to pro­vide the wa­ter for the hy­dro elec­tric gen­er­a­tors.

Swe­den was orig­i­nally go­ing to phase out nu­clear power, how­ever they have changed their minds now and will re­place the ex­ist­ing nu­clear power sta­tions as and when needed.

Greta Thun­berg has no com­ment on why Aus­tralia can­not have nu­clear power or ask why we didn’t go ahead with the Gor­don on Franklin Hy­dro dam in Tas­ma­nia nearly a gen­er­a­tion ago.


Well she is not told this by her celebrity par­ents who ac­tively wind this child up to think the worst of Aus­tralia be­cause they also have no idea or an­swers as to why we don’t have nu­clear gen­er­a­tors and more hy­dro dams.

John Friend, Toowoomba

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