THE threat to the Great Barrier Reef from dredge spoil has been getting a lot of attention lately, and rightly so.
As pointed out by Don Henry in his article in The Courier (February 6), it is a threat to our economy as well as to our environment.
What concerns me more is that there is not much mention of the problem that is causing the issue the expansion of the coal industry.
Surely it is obvious that coal is yesterday’s industry.
We and the rest of the world rely heavily on coal for our energy needs at present, so we can’t just shut it down.
We should, however, be concentrating our efforts on ways of replacing it cleanly, rather than on expanding it.
Climate change solutions are being viewed as a threat, not an opportunity.
If big industry is too shortsighted to plan for a clean, safe future then government should.
Our prime minister’s statements are ill-informed when he says that renewables are not effective unless “the sun is shining or the wind is blowing”.
A prominent plan (by Beyond Zero Emissions) to re-power Port Augusta with a large-scale solar thermal plant shows that we can store solar energy and use it when the sun isn’t shining and all within budget.
We can reach the Renewable Energy Target (RET) and surpass it. Why are big business and government afraid to do it?
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