Battery of the Nation plan
HERE'S a suggestion towards our Battery of the Nation plan.
If Aurora increased the tariff paid to owners of solar power systems, I am sure more people would be enthusiastic about installing a solar system.
Couple that with bigger state and federal government incentives as some states' contributions make solar all but free.
Maybe they could all consider our future on this planet, rather than the short-term election game?
Won't hold my breath.
Ron Baines, Kings Meadows.
Time to open up RSL clubs
DUE to coronavirus, we all followed the directions of Premier Peter Gutwein as we the elderly people still do.
We have now been virus-free for 180 days, with no reported cases.
The Premier and Dr Mark Veitch have relaxed restrictions on sporting events, contact sports, karaoke, using one microphone for all singers and so on. But the Premier was on TV at conference where they were almost sitting on top of each other.
Where was the social distance there?
Obviously rules for one.
Elderly people should have the same rules as footballers, no social distancing there.
Please open up RSL Community Clubs, social dancing 10am to 5pm, so they can get their exercise while enjoying a social life. These citizens have no quality of life, of which they don't have much time left.
These clubs need revenue, otherwise, they will not exist. So please everybody, get behind this as we need your support.
Thank you Rosemary Armitage for your ongoing support. Remember Mr Premier you too will grow old one day.
June Walford, Launceston.
What are they afraid of?
IF the Liberals have nothing to hide, why are they so afraid of setting up an anti-corruption body with teeth?
In recent memory, the Liberals have been caught red-handed with corrupt dealings like the Western Sydney airport land purchase debacle with the Liberals purchasing the land on the taxpayers' purse for ten times its actual value.
Additionally, how can anyone forget the sports rorts scandal where $102.5 million of taxpayer money was channelled by the Liberals to marginal or targeted electorates for the 2019 election.
If the cost of preventing the Liberal government from further swindling hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars is establishing and funding an ICAC with teeth, it will be a prudent and justifiable expenditure.
Indeed, the long-term benefits of an ICAC with teeth would be cost savings not just in curbing Liberal corruption and abuse but restoring rapidly-eroding public trust in politics.
In the words of Michael McCormack: "What a bargain".
Democracy dies in darkness and the Liberals seem hellbent on killing the integrity of the Australian democratic process.
Senator Helen Polley, Labor Senator for Tasmania.
A farewell to Noel Shaw
VALE Noel Shaw.
One of the most genuine and truly nice humans I have ever met.
A good man.
Heather Donaldson, Westbury.
This problem is reality
DAVID Houghton (The Examiner, November16) is quite correct about the CO2 levels trailing temperature during the transition from the cold phase to the faster warming phase of the ice age cycle. But a letter only allows a few words and I chose mine very carefully. Once the reversal of the cold phase occurs, and there are several very interesting and complex theories about what triggers the turn, the temperature starts to increase and that in turn results in the release of CO2 through natural processes not fully understood. The rise in CO2 produces a classic runaway global warming process to sustain the end of the ice age and gives the start of a new cycle.
My preferred explanation is the coincidence of orbital cycle warming phase (I recall about 20Kyrprocess ongoing) with very low ice cap albedo (reflectivity) caused by accumulating dirt, and perhaps soot loads from the increasing desertification that accompanies the ice age itself at certain higher latitudes. The ice caps melt, high latitude temps, increase and these changes release CO2 from oceans and away you go.
Sorry I didn't explain all this in my earlier letter, but I did deliberately say the cycles were "associated with" (not caused by) rising CO2 levels. Well done Mr Houghton for picking up on the fine detail, but global warming forced by CO2 increase in our time, is still a real thing despite your objections.
M. Fyfe, Riverside.
Find a way to work together
LOTS of people around the world say that the threat of man-made climate change is the greatest crisis we face, and if we don't take urgent action we will be in big trouble. I don't disagree, but the suggestion that we must immediately stop all use of fossil fuel and alternative power sources will miraculously, immediately be developed is naive in the extreme.
Marvellous technology is being developed and if used properly many of our problems could be solved, but how can they be when it has been used to build war machines or to find ways to build vast fortunes or take control of the lives of others.
The problem is not technology, but human nature. Find a way to work together and we will solve all our problems.