A plea for more evidence-based political decision making.

The Impossible Dream?

What odds would you give that the besieged Turnbull government will be able to achieve bipartisan agreement on how to tackle climate change? Australia has had a decade of political point scoring between the two major parties, on this issue of immense global concern. Unfortunately, party ideology and political expediency, often take precedence over objective evidence, regardless of what is in the best interest of all Australians.

Then there is an ideological power play simmering within the Coalition Party ranks over the direction of Energy policy. This  centers on the future of coal-mining, in relation to emission targets.

Stoking the coal fires is a coterie of leading media voices, mostly climate change skeptics, who blame the shift from coal-fired electricity generation to renewable energy production, for the rise in the price of electricity. But coal generation plants are ageing, and more will soon need to close.  Renewable power generation has now become the cheaper option, but because appropriate battery storage capacity is not yet adequate, some new low-emission coal powered stations remain in the energy equation.

Fossil fuels are finite resources, and need to be conserved as much as possible. Non-polluting renewable energy generation must be the way for future generations.

To whom should you listen?

Certainly not unqualified persons chanting ideological mantra. If you have a problem you need independent and competent specialist advice, advice based on the weight of evidence. This the government has in the Finkel Report.

 

 

About Kenneth Robson

I studied at Adelaide Boys' High School, and the University of Adelaide, Medical School. graduating in 1961. My field of specialisation was Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Prior to establishing my practice in Adelaide, I spent 5 years working in India, and Papua-New Guinea, in the field of reconstructive surgery for leprosy. In retirement I joined the Australian Technical Analyst Association and passed the two examinations for a Diploma inTechnical Analysis, and the designation Certified Financial Technician (CFTe) by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.
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