Tweed Daily News - - OPINION NEWS -

Econ­omy at stake

I RE­FER to the let­ter sub­mit­ted by Peter Leith (TDN 21/11/18) re­gard­ing the CO2 pro­duced an­nu­ally in Aus­tralia.

His claims of a pro­duc­tion two-and-a-half times that of each Chi­nese and each In­dian is un­be­liev­able and I am most in­ter­ested in his sta­tis­tics to sup­port this.

Sta­tis­tics pre­sented by qual­i­fied sci­en­tists on Sky News show that the Aus­tralian con­tri­bu­tion to world emis­sions is less than 0.1 per cent, and that our com­mit­ment to the Paris Agree­ment will there­fore make no dif­fer­ence to the re­duc­tion glob­ally.

How­ever, what does mat­ter is the ef­fect of the pursuit of re­new­able en­ergy tar­gets on the Aus­tralian econ­omy.

It in­volves bil­lions of dol­lars to im­ple­ment suc­cess­fully and in­volves con­ces­sions to a mi­nor­ity, ig­nor­ing the fact that coal-fired en­ergy is still nec­es­sary to sup­port the grid sys­tem with base load power and is the cheaper al­ter­na­tive.

With­out cheaper en­ergy we will lose our agri­cul­ture and small busi­ness which con­sti­tutes the back­bone of the Aus­tralian econ­omy and we will rely on im­ports.

Al­ready this is hap­pen­ing so hope­fully the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment will de­cide that peo­ple and jobs mat­ter here, rather than con­tribut­ing mil­lions of dol­lars to the fu­tile Paris Agree­ment to be chan­nelled to third world coun­tries.

If our econ­omy is not pro­tected and ceases to flour­ish then Aus­tralia and it’s emis­sions fade into in­signif­i­cance.

— Ca­role Flood, Hast­ings Point down Marine Pa­rade – they will be in their beds.

The 700 pro­posed staff will con­tinue to en­joy their leisure time at their own lo­ca­tion – wher­ever they re­side in Tweed.

The real threat to Kingscliff is the 4500 homes and 10,000 peo­ple pro­posed for Kings For­est. With only about 9000 in Kingscliff, the move­ment of that num­ber from Kings For­est will be an in­cur­sion.

Imag­ine on a hot sum­mer’s week­end day, and peo­ple want to go to their lo­cal beach.

That may re­sult in up to 10,000 peo­ple who will want to in­vade Kingscliff beach.

STREET TALK at Kingscliff on Wed­nes­day

The real threat to Kingscliff is the 4500 homes and 10,000 peo­ple pro­posed for Kings For­est.

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