Plan a 'crushing disappointment'
THE state government's renewable energy plan is a crushing disappointment.
It's a marketing document for the finance and investment sector rather than policy that might benefit Tasmanians.
Mention of climate change is buried, and "biomass energy" - the clear-felling and burning of our forests and rubbish is claimed to be green when it actually releases extraordinary amounts of CO2 and other pollutants.
Marinus Project is another con, enabling private companies to ship power and profits directly offshore to the market.
The green hydrogen energy plan is more of the same - shipping hydrogen offshore as another Tasmanian raw resource.
Worse, it will also be used to extend the life of the fossil fuel gas industry here.
Electrification of our cars and transport is given vague targets that don't include agricultural or commercial vehicles.
Security of power supply omits to mention much of our privatised renewables industry is already Chinese-owned or controlled.
The TREP is an outline for a business model that serves corporate investors.
The plan pays lip service to local jobs and business growth beyond the construction phase.
As with Marinus project and TasNetworks new electricity grids, there's nothing in this plan for Tasmanian workers or business.
We deserve better.
Ben Marshall, Loongana.
We need to save what's left
ALTHOUGH we are divided by Bass Strait, Tasmania and Victoria face a similar dilemma. For how much longer can we clear-fell and chip our magnificent forests for paper?
And like Sustainable Timber Tasmania, Vic Forests has failed to gain Forest Stewardship Council certification.
A 2017 study by the Nous Group found that replacing logging with a Great Forest National Park in Victoria would be more profitable to the tune of $50-70 million per annum depending on the extent of private investment.
It is likely to be similar in Tasmania given the extent of public subsidies received by the logging industry ("Native forestry industry is not sustainable or renewable", The Examiner, December 20).
In New Zealand, the 1975 Maruia Declaration protected native forests and ended milling.
All Australians who value what is left of our magnificent forests should get behind the push for the Australian Native Forest Declaration, a petition to the Australian parliament.
Tourists want to see old growth forests and the animals that live in them, not logged coupes and monocultures.
Ray Peck, Hawthorn.
Health inquiry waste of money
WHY are we wasting money on an inquiry into health problems?
It's easy: a house that only has one layer of brick, no insulation, no isolation and then just plasterboard isn't going to keep Tasmania's cold, wet and moist weather out.
It isn't even up to being acceptable to the building code.
Every housing department house has a mouldy back bedroom because the house and the plasterboard can't dry themselves on the southern side of the house.
Wake up housing. Stop leaving houses vacant for months on end and they won't be burnt out.
Jane Sutherland, Ravenswood.
We have a duty to our children
IN REPONSE to P Wilson (The Examiner, December 22), are we to then just throw our arms in the air and say too hard mate, let's just do as legend says the ancient carthaginians did and burn our babies because the futures pointless? As a father, grandfather and soon to be great grandfather I say we have the duty to do everything possible and try to correct the mess we've made to give our children a future. If we do anything less than our best to try and turn the damage around from the last 100 years or so we are basically spitting in the face of our children. Don't forget that we are helping China with pollution on an industrial scale by supplying iron, thermal coal and coking coal.