Canberra Times Letters to the Editor Here we go again.
Another day, another frustrating, ill informed letter from a climate change denier whinging that there is "no proof" (Letters, June 8)). This one does at least do us the favour of highlighting essential common ground: the mistaken belief that choosing not to read the scientific facts means that there are no scientific facts. In other words, John refuses to go and read the proof of climate change instantly available upon any five minute "google scholar" search in any discipline (I recommend the NASA website for a good up to date summary). This "believe what makes you feel good" philosophy is an increasingly disturbing global trend, most readily epitomised by Donald Trump. Climate change doesn't make anyone feel good, in fact it makes most of us feel physically ill. This doesn't mean that it isn't happening and wishing it away isn't going to help. By the same token if I choose not to read the bible, does that mean it doesn't exist? If I choose not to open my next electricity bill, does that mean I don't have to pay it? You see discount oakleys my point. Choosing ignorance is your prerogative, John, and I respect that. But 0akley sunglasses kindly don't foist it on the rest of us. We have a planet to try and save your descendants will thank us for it even if you don't. N. Watson, Turner John McKerral puts forward an amusing but illogical argument on climate change (letters, June 8). On one hand he requests proof for overwhelming scientific evidence of the threats caused by climate change and then claims as fact that: most signatories to the Paris Accord have pecuniary interests only; and that South Australia's unemployment levels are in part a result of their renewables policies, both without proof. I am no scientist but I am aware that there is overwhelming evidence for anthropomorphic climate change occurring in the last 100 years and that this is already impacting the world both financially and ecologically. It might be argued that scientists have pecuniary interests and are prone to corruption and falsifying evidence in order to obtain further funding for research. However, science is designed to limit this through peer reviews, repetition of results and critical analysis. It is not perfect but it is the best methodology we have for furthering our understanding of the universe in which we live. The best model we have today for climate change is that the major cause of climate change occurring today is being caused by human activity. In the words of Oreskes: "The scientific consensus might, of course, be wrong. If the history of science teaches anything, it is humility, and no one can be faulted for failing oakley spike sunglasses to act on what is not known. But our grandchildren will surely blame us if they find that we understood the reality of anthropogenic climate change and failed to do anything about it." Phil Crawford, Hackett Adani backing far from certain One could perhaps be forgiven for thinking that the Queensland Premier, in welcoming Adani with open arms (and treasury) and waxing lyrical about "jobs right across this state" ("Adani gives 'green light' to mega coal mine", June 7, p10), has been conned. In fact, according to evidence submitted to the Land Court of Queensland by Adani, the mine, rail, and port project would create just 1200 new jobs in central Queensland. Related activities would create an additional 264 new jobs Australia wide. Furthermore, none of the big four Australian banks is willing to offer finance for the project and a considerable number of foreign banks have refused to finance it. Even all this assumes that the mine will actually go ahead. The reduction of butts amassing at bus stops and migrating along the length of the light rail network would be welcomed by every citizen. Therefore they are not only forbidden to express an opinion on same sex marriage but they are forbidden to vote in a plebiscite on the issue. Paul McElligott, ArandaI was grateful to Peter Martin for undertaking the daunting task of differentiating between "a carbon tax and an emissions trading scheme, or a low emissions target and an emissions intensity scheme" ("Cutting through the haze of emission schemes in the hope of clearing the air once and for all", June 8, pp16,17). After reading the article thrice, it dawned upon me that the current "renewable energy target" (RET) did not seem to be in the mix. After reading it a couple more times it seemed that the first two options were roughly equivalent to PAYE tax and provisional tax. The next two were indistinguishable, self regulation (deregulation) schemes whereby producers (consumers of energy) charged each other for not playing cricket. RET seems to be another name for deregulation.
All in all, it unfortunately seems a bit like distinguishing between those overweight, built for comfort, cuddly, chubby, fat and obese. Where's Samuel Johnson when you need him? Gary J. Wilson, Macgregor Paying more to walk further How many members of the Woden seniors club agree with its president, Paul McGlew, that it will be "fantastic" to cheapest place to buy oakley sunglasses pay more rates so that they can walk further to public transport stops, in order to board vehicles that arrive less frequently, and to have to transfer between buses and trams for trips that can presently be made without transfers ("Woden residents look forward to light rail", CT, June 8).
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