Letters to the editor: Thursday, September 28

Climate change

There was an earlier time in our history when we believed the Al Gore climate change millionaire from America and his predictions for the future.  I hope you remember these predictions, because you will understand what I am talking about.  I don’t believe them anymore because many things have changed in the last 20 years. 

Scaremongering is what Gore does best, and fear is the business model that has made him rich, though his every apocalyptic scenario has failed to materialise.

In Australia recently to spruik his upcoming movie An Inconvenient Sequel, he tried it on again, claiming Mother Nature was “screaming” and the world would descent into “political disruption and chaos and diseases, stronger storms” unless we buy his snake oil.

Silly Labor premiers bought that snake oil recently, pledging alongside the grinning Gore that Victoria, Queensland, the ACT and South Australia would embrace renewables to produce zero net emissions by 2050.

They haven’t learned the lesson from SA’s extreme green experiment with renewable energy that has produced nothing but crippling blackouts and the highest electricity prices in the world.

Any normal person with such a woeful record of accuracy as Gore would be ashamed to show his face.  Eleven years after his Inconvenient Truth movie scared little kids witless, his warnings of climate armageddon have come to nothing.

“Unless we take drastic measures the world would reach a point of no return within 10 years,” he told us then.  Wrong.  In fact the world has just been through almost 20 years in which there has been a hiatus in global warming, even as carbon dioxide has increased:  an “inconvenient pause” as some wags put it.

Around the world people are waking up to the fact that their leaders have been crying wolf, while their electricity bills go through the roof.

But when Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly recently pointed out that the logical fact that Australians will die because of high power bills, he was slammed as a “scaremonger” by the very people who worship at Al Gore’s feet.  Today, our Prime Minister wants to pay our power bills, he knows that we need to get back to basics for a little while yet in our history.

Yes, cold kills, and electricity prices have doubled in the past decade, as uncertainty plagues the energy sector, and cheap coal-fired power is priced out of the market by government subsidies for unreliable renewable energy production.  Now all of a sudden they are back onto coal.

The states, which bear much of the blame, continue with the fantasy that you can replace coal with wind and solar while simultaneously banning the development of onshore gas fields. That is not the case yet for Australia.

One of the major reasons is the fact that we are supposed to have done away with coal fired power stations by now, but you know that right at this point this is impossible and stupid.  Almost in every state, we need to grow up and face these serious issues, like South Australia and soon New South Wales.

I probably believe that we still have time to even build some new coal fired generators in certain areas to produce the power needed as our country keeps expanding. 

You probably are aware that Japan and many other countries in Asia are looking at building many coal fired generators and here we are, one of the biggest supplier of coal in the world and one of the smallest population, the amount of pollution that we produce is almost nothing compared to all the other countries, and you know which ones I mean.

I also would like to see a power station built in the Namoi area.  We could power all towns between the Hunter and Queensland border, also right out west, using the best of local coal and water from this area.  Tamworth Council did this 100 years ago.  I can tell you there was nothing wrong with our health here in Tamworth because of coal electricity.

Warren Woodley OAM, Tamworth

Retirement village plans

Your editorial states the proposed RSL retirement village site is “in close proximity to the CBD”. Pardon? The Moore Creek Road area is nowhere near the CBD.

Why put all the retirement villages on the edge of town? Why can’t we have one within walking distance of the CBD?

My dream is to move all the businesses in Kable Avenue below Ray Walsh House out to Taminda and build a retirement village there. Put more trees along Kable Avenue and make it a real avenue. That’s what I call “in close proximity to the CBD”.  Residents could enjoy walks in the park, wander down to Peel Street and meet friends for coffee, or go to the movies, or the library or gallery,  or enjoy shopping.

Now that would be brilliant.

Jan Morris, Tamworth

Choice

Nature has given us Man and Woman with the express purpose of thus ensuring the procreation and continuation of the human race.

This specific union is called “Marriage” with the exclusion of all other partnerships and unions.

It is well known that there is a tiny minority of people that feel more attracted to a partner of the same gender and, in today’s world, they can proudly pursue this relationship without discrimination.

Every person is entitled to choose their own destiny but a relationship like that is, obviously, against what nature intended and essentially different from Marriage.

You cannot choose to be different and the same at the same time.

Adrian Peeters,

Tamworth

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