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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