Keith Duncan, Pimlico
Well done, Ms Aslan Shand, acting Echo editor, on your great editorial (July 4 Nats fail farmers).
At last a local newspaper has the balls to call this betrayal by conservative elements in this country for what it is. But let’s not stop with just the Nationals; everyone knows they’re hopeless, half of the Liberal Party are just as bad.
What a travesty that we’ve been burdened by a federal government that for the last decade has done everything within its power to totally ignore the science on global warming and on coming to power totally wrecked all existing policy on limiting CO2 emissions and an emerging renewable- energy industry.
Even more disgusting is the fact that ‘our’ coal-fired coalition government has been accepting millions of dollars in donations from the fossil-fuel industry to stop or severely disrupt the transition to a low-carbon future. It is political bastardry at its worst.
We long-suffering consumers have paid dearly in electricity prices because of the inability of the energy sector to adequately plan for the future, and doesn’t it make a mockery of the government’s claim to have a ‘responsible economic plan for the future’?
Now even the dumbest of climate-change deniers are starting to begrudgingly admit what most intelligent people have known for 30 years or more – that the world is heating up.
The past five years have been the hottest on record, and 17 of the 18 hottest years on record all occurred this century. There is only one way to fix this mess: GET RID OF THEM.