Power to people in direct action

After a week in which I seriously considered joining a group called “If Tony Abbott wins the next election, I’m outta here” (the only reason I didn’t was that I still refuse to support groups that have no respect for spelling) it was a relief to see our local council actually putting their mouths where our money is.

Good on Lismore City Council and Cr Simon Clough in particular for asking some serious questions about whether we – the taxpayers of NSW – actually need a massive new power line.

The state-owned corporation TransGrid, which is responsible for electricity transmission lines, is planning a massive project to increase its infrastructure in this area. But in this day and age, do we really need it?

With climate change the greatest problem facing the entire planet at the moment (despite what the crazed nutter Lord Monckton was spruiking to anyone who was desperate for low-grade entertainment last week, including the afore-mentioned leader of the Opposition), why is the NSW Government even considering extending electricity supply of coal-fired generators?

As Cr Clough pointed out, for the massive expenditure TransGrid is willing to spend on the new power lines you could fit out 18,000 homes with solar panels. As the Emissions Trading Scheme continues to be tossed around parliament like a stray dolphin in a tuna net, I just hope our federal politicians show as much thought about the future as our local councillors are.

With the cynicism inherent in Rainbow Tony Abbott’s (if ever there were someone in need of a hippy name, it’s him) plan of calling the Opposition’s lack of a policy with no funding “Direct Action” I have my doubts though.

As it often is, it may well be left to the Greens and independent senators to inject a bit of sense into a debate that has gone so far off the rails, it’s in danger of running the whole issue of climate change into the ground – but with Senator Fielding in the mix we’ve got about as much chance as we do of saving the barrier reef before it’s too late.


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