Our cheap energy, mainly coal-powered energy, has helped make Australia great, but the above motley-crew has threatened Australia's future with their tax on carbon dioxide - virtually a tax on every aspect of our lives - a tax that will start in 2012.
Marita Noon writes:
One of the big traits of Christmas is the entire multi-generational family gathered around the table. Back in the day of the picture perfect holiday, travel meant hitching up the horse and wagon. Today, to accomplish this, family members often have to travel great distances to get to the site of the big meal. Christmas is reported as one of the busiest travel seasons—whether by auto or air. But even before the travel takes place, energy is a big part of the picture.Don't forget the power for the Christmas lighting.
The travel has to be planned. Air travel takes a visit to one’s favorite travel website. Travel by land often requires a Mapquest search for the best route. Both need energy to function. Then when the actual travel takes place, regardless of the method or distance, fuel is needed to make the trip possible.
We have to buy groceries from the supermarket. Think of the energy involved at the grocers for lighting and refrigeration. Think of the costs of transportation. And then there is the cooking of the
turkey/ham/pork.... Electric knife to cut the joints, refrigeration for the ice cream, cream, custard...
Let's not forget the cold beer and champagne. Oh, of course, then there is the dishwasher.
Some of this was mine; some from Ms Marita Noon. However Ms Noon concludes:
One you start thinking about it, you can see myriad other ways that energy makes your Christmas the picture-perfect event of which you’ve dreamed. Maybe your digital camera was used, your computer to view the shots, your printer to print out copies for everyone.
You get the picture.
When you come to the table and bow your head to give thanks for the family, friends and food—don’t forget the energy that made it all possible.