Mark Bruhwiller, Smithtown
Referring to Eve Sinton’s letter [Echo August 21] regarding her naive, hysterical rant on our ‘fails in the Pacific’.
Let me point out some facts (although, I’m convinced, it will fall on deaf ears). I’m sure you’ve heard that we contribute to a mere 1% of emissions compared to other countries’, so how on earth are we alone in this continuing saga? Oh yes: we do export coal, don’t we? But then again if we pauper ourselves’ by not exporting this, our cleaner scourge to mankind, then other countries will take over the reins and begin delivering nastier fossil fuel to those less fortunate communities’ who are without power – think 200 million poverty-stricken folk in India – Mungo MacCullum, take heed: we are the third biggest exporter of coal, not the biggest. Gee, a bit of fair dinkum journalism wouldn’t go astray Echo!
In the meantime, you, Ms Sinton reside in a country in comfort, secure in the knowledge that we are free, well fed, with heating, air conditioning, border protection, security etc., etc. Yes, Ms Sinton, our economy relies on coal and mineral export to live as we live: without it I think you would be happy to reside in your tree house, along with those puerile, jingoistic others.
On a lighter note, are you aware Ms Sinton, that mining in this country supports, not only local communities, but also indigenous workers, which in turn, supports local business’? Something we desperately need in far-away places unfamiliar to yourself no doubt.
Please, in future send your observations to the world-wide powers that be, instead of lambasting our leader for pointing out a fact of life – although I concede the world is in deep trouble; at my age – and a Veteran to boot – we’re not only in an evolutionary stage of existence regarding climate change, but war, incurable diseases, despots’, greed, hate and violent extremism are all on our doorstep: and yet the world will keep on turning as it has for the last multi-millennium. We are in for a bumpy ride though.