The world only found out last year that in the 1980s scientists employed by US fossil fuel companies warned of long-term negative consequences for the environment.
They warned that the burning of oil, coal and gas would increase greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. They actually forecast that by 2030, the average global temperature would increase by 1.5 to two degrees centigrade.
We now find this is exactly the situation we are in! Since the 1980s, thousands of scientific studies have confirmed we must urgently stop burning fossil fuels to have any chance of limiting dangerous long-term climate change.
The science is established and accepted by all credible atmospheric scientific organisations. We must convert our energy supply to renewables ie: solar, wind, hydro, hydrogen, plus storage.
We definitely must not open any new fossil gas wells. Gas is promoted as a transition fuel - IT'S NOT. When the emissions released during the mining/extraction phase are added to the emissions released when burnt, gas is just as polluting as coal.
It's for the reasons outlined above, Extinction Rebellion were demonstrating outside Angus Taylor's Goulburn office. Mr Taylor is supporting increasing the gas supply when as the Minister for Lower Emissions, if he were concerned about the climate that his, my and our grandchildren will be confronted with, he should be promoting and supporting renewables.
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We cannot afford to continue poisoning our planet. Chalk spray washes off, problem solved; Climate destruction?
Geoffrey Wright, Marulan.
Politicians are accountable
Well done, protesters! Unfortunately Angus Taylor seems to think that he can do what ever he likes and does not behave as if he should be accountable to the citizens of Australia.
Politicians are our employees! Attention needs to be drawn to these facts. The media might actually be drawn to report on the real issue, which is the need to focus on green energy.
Ailsa Cowan, Toowong, Qld.
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