Thursday, 24 March 2011

Julia, Eliminate the Hot Air and Emissions

There was a letter in the Cairns Post on 24th March this year.

Picture: Ray Savage

Queensland Education Minister Cameron Dick said (CP-22/3/11) that 400 solar panels installed in kindergartens will reduce the carbon dioxide emissions. 
Solar panels rely on silica that is mined at Cape Flattery and the Greens say we have to close that to save the environment..
Aluminium for the framing comes from Weipa and the Greens say close that to save the environment and declare Wild Rivers.
 Copper and lead for the electrical wiring and batteries come from Mount Isa and the Greens say close that to stop polluting the environment.   
The steel for infrastructure comes from ore in the Pilbara and the Greens say close that to save …  the environment.  Refineries and smelters in every state produce all of the above and the Greens say close them to stop carbon dioxide emissions. 
If they wish to add wind generation then add oil refineries which produce the resins and plastics for the propellers, lime stone quarries for the concrete and the list goes on.  One of the highest sources of carbon dioxide would be the expired air from our population every time we breathe and therefore the greatest polluting industry in Australia would be politics.  So if we were to get rid of Miss Gillard, Mr Brown and company and close Canberra there would not be any need for a carbon tax.

Picture above from News Limited whose Malcolm Farr wrote re the rally: 
 The No Carbon Tax rally, said to number 3000 protesters by organisers, made clear who they thought were the heroes and villains of the climate change policy debate. However, rival group GetUp! said the police had estimated the crowd at 1500.Read more:                Picture from News Ltd

Did you check that Malcolm or just reprint the story from GetUp's Sam McLean?  Sam was interviewed by Channel Nine/2GB's Ross Greenwood who asked where he had got the 1500 figure. Sam said it was from the police but Ross countered by saying that they had checked with the police and they had done no count. Sam countered that it was the Federal Police and Ross again said they had checked and the Federal police had no official count. Sam then said he was chatting with one officer and that officer had suggested the figure.  Ross acted like a journalist and checked sources, did you Malcolm?

CATA advised that they had 35 buses carry an average of at least 50 each. There were also buses from other sources. I know that three came from Broadmeadow not arranged by CATA. Also there were buses from Melbourne, Geelong, Parkes, Forbes as well as many people arriving in private cars.

Perhaps a re-think of the head count, Malcolm? Perhaps a little less trust in the untrustworthy union-financed GetUp!  (See GetUp! Get truthful or GetOut!)

GetUp! Get truthful or get out!

GetUp's own website: is an independent political movement to build a progressive Australia. GetUp! brings together like-minded people who want to bring participation back into our democracy.

Yesterday's No Carbon (dioxide) Tax rally certainly was bringing participation back into our democracy. You would think
Zeg's take on the Canberra rally
that they would support yesterday's rally. Not only did they not support the rally, they were actively against it. Simon Sheik wrote on the GetUp blog:

I was in Canberra last week and almost every politician and journalist I met with talked to me about the anti-climate action rallies. They're spooked. I assured them that the campaign for climate action was just as strong -- and now, we need to demonstrate this.
Simon, the rallies are not anti-climate. Have you thought about that statement? How can you be anti-climate? The rallies were about the lie our Prime Minister used to get elected and about a tax on vital to life carbon dioxide.

GetUp says that their organisation does not play sides in politics. The ALP is funded and supported by the union movement and, surprise, surprise, so is GetUp. GetUp on one hand say that they are against political funding but received over $1million funding from the union movement.

Incidently, writing in the Herald today Ms Gillard called on the silent majority of Australians to make their views heard. Hello? What do you think the No Carbon (dioxide) Tax rally was, Ms Gillard?

 She also wrote: We know that the majority of people want action on climate change and want a sensible, rational approach to change.  Do you know that the majority of people do not want your tax built on a lie? Have you seen the poll on ninemsn - Do you support the carbon tax?

As I write, the vote is No 118090; Yes 24541.

Photo Gallery in the Australian - Here

See also Joanne Nova on the protests.