Colin Clarke, Ocean Shores
Normally I would not bother to respond but the loss of one million Indian infants each year does matter to many of us, if not letter writers Harrison and Mills.
Firstly let’s address the facts. India and China alone account for 69 per cent of the projected worldwide increase in coal-fired electricity generation (International Energy Outlook 2016). Even Germany, thought of by many as a leader in renewables, still generates 50 per cent of its power from fossil fuels and when their renewables are not performing gets its power from France’s (wait for it!) nuclear energy plants.
Indian-owned Adani will ship Australian coal to India to fuel these newly built coal-fired power plants to provide electrical energy to many of its people who currently do not have that option. Hence the deaths of so many children owing to inhalation of cooking-fire smoke (World Health Organisation).
The destruction of the Great Artesian Basin and the Barrier Reef are fake facts that cannot be substantiated.
Sloganeering such as ‘the long term consequences of short term profiteering and 19th century technology’ add nothing to the debate.
The Green movement that initiates these protests believes the world is overpopulated so isn’t it good that a million little Indian children die each year to help keep the population increase down. Maybe you should tell your children that.