Some politicians are ‘science deniers’

Peter Gardner, Bairnsdale


I WRITE to express my dismay and disapproval of the current performance of our state and federal members of parliament on clean energy and climate change.

The National Party has been championing coal for some time and has been calling for new, clean coal fired power stations to be built with public money.

There is no such thing as clean coal, and these power stations are dependent on carbon, capture and storage (CCS) — another unproven and uneconomic technology.

If, in the most unlikely event that any one of these stations is built, it will be a ‘stranded asset’ and an enormous drain on our country’s finances.

Similarly, the Nationals’ support for the coal to hydrogen project is also dependent on CCS.

They remain silent on the potential destruction of farmland by coal seam gas.

We are also bombarded with scare tactics on energy pricing and clean energy.

I recall one MP claiming we would be $500 better off when the carbon tax was abolished.

Perhaps we should be comparing our power bills then and now?

Nationals MPs also remain largely silent on the alternatives to coal — solar, wind, batteries, high voltage direct current connecting cables and an electrified transport system, even pumped hydro — which could have substantial benefits for our communities.

The fact remains that many rural communities are benefiting from the growth of clean energy, and many farms are being drought-proofed.

Gippsland, with a few exceptions, is missing out.

Almost all qualified climate scientists (97.5 per cent) accept that climate change is manmade and happening now.

This means extreme weather events like floods, droughts, heat waves and bushfires are already being made more frequent and more severe in a warming Gippsland.

By championing coal, our representatives are denying the laws of physics.

They may as well claim the earth is flat, or there is no such thing as gravity.

One assumes that they use computers, mobile phones and many of the other benefits modern science and medicine have endowed us with.

Choosing which science you like and ignoring that you don’t like, is not an option.

Politicians may see fit to ignore possible damage caused by climate change and the benefits that clean, decentralised energy can bring to their communities.

But surely they will not ignore the harm that will eventually extend to their own families if nothing is done.

In the long run, science and physics will always defeat politics, and the current position of those who argue against climate change is absurd.