Where’s the plan?

Trevor A Scott, Castlemaine

According to the IPCC, Australia is well short of achieving its emissions reduction target, set in Paris, in 2015. In 2016, a study carried out into the retirement of coal-fired power stations in Victoria, found that in 1992 the now defunct SEC had a comprehensive plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions 20 per cent by 2005. In 1993, when the government decommissioned the SEC, unfortunately the plan also went out the window. The more recent closure of Hazelwood has once again pointed to the lack of planning that has led to high unemployment rates in the Latrobe Valley.
Although the Premier has said that emissions will be reduced 50 per cent by 2030, the bleaching of The Great Barrier Reef and the recent tragic wild fires in Southern California leave no doubt that climate change is a real and ever present threat to life for us and future generations. Clearly the remaining coal-fired power stations need to be closed down as soon as possible; and at the same time we need the creation of an alternative renewable energy industry that also retrains workers with minimal loss of jobs.
Regardless of who wins the coming election, we desperately need a plan to address these issues.

3 thoughts on “Where’s the plan?

  • November 22, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Despite notions to the contrary the good people of this country are not going to be complacent when they see our forests burn and our farmers walk off the land heartbroken.

    We are fast approaching the day when not only will positions on climate change be bipartisan but the two parties will compete against each other to drive the strongest policies.

    The great regret is that it will take some more disasters of a biblical scale like Black Saturday before the deniers will be silenced.

    • November 29, 2018 at 3:04 pm

      Forests burning, Black Saturdays, they have been regularly occurring since long before coal was first mined and burned. They’ve been happening here since the Aboriginal immigrants with their fire-hunting methods changed the Australian landscape wholesale from cycad-dominated forests to fire-tolerant forests, (e.g. eucalypts). Most people are aware of that and don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s a recent phenomenon caused by increased CO2 or the tiny amount of warming we’ve had in the last 100 years.

      The mere fact of Biblical-scale disasters won’t convince anyone that we have necessarily caused them. They’ve been happening throughout the geological record.

      Australian History has seen waves of farmers walking off the land over the last 200 or so years. Apart from the walkoffs due to the failures of the Soldier Settlement Scheme, the fact is, we have always been a land with a history of droughts. We have a lack of big mountain ranges to create precipitation, and added to the geographical reasons for droughts, we’ve destroyed virtually all the rainforests which cooled the surface and created rain.

      Why do you want to silence those you denigrate as “deniers”? Voltaire said, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” What is it with you climate change deniers and your love of dogma and Totalitarianism?

  • November 30, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    I’m not trying to silence you.

    By all means have your say…let the community judge the worth of your contributions.


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