One last comment, Another (anonymous) Observer (Posted November 19, 2014 …

Comment on Locals made their point to G20 on climate by Bob Durnan.

One last comment, Another (anonymous) Observer (Posted November 19, 2014 at 6:05 pm).
Re your comments on solar energy and the costs to the taxpayers and the poor: it is a fact that the suppliers of fossil fuels benefit from a myriad of public subsidies and tax benefits, and the same applies to the private and public operators of coal, oil and gas-fired electricity generators.
Internationally, these subsidies to the fossil fuels industries are estimated at around $800 billion per annum. Government support for the establishment of sustainable, low-carbon producing power sources is not a bad policy option in this larger context.
A major program is needed to replace existing coal, diesel and gas-fired power stations, as quickly as possible, with publicly owned solar power generators to meet the requirements of the masses of ordinary people.
If we continue using fossil fuels as our predominant power sources, we are condemning most people to higher power costs, and many millions to earlier graves than they would otherwise need to expect.

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Locals made their point to G20 on climate
Another thing, Another (anonymous) Observer (Posted November 19, 2014 at 6:05 pm).
You point out that more carbon dioxide may help to grow more plant matter. However, you also need to understand that the enormous quantities of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere since WW2 is unprecedented in such a short period.
This carbon dioxide has its origins in plants that were fossilised over very long periods, millions of years ago. The current rate of their release outstrips, far more than ever before, the capacity of ecosystems to absorb them.
Most of the carbon dioxide absorbed into present day plants is soon re-released into the atmosphere anyway, when the plant matter is digested by animals, or used for bio-fuel, or burnt, or decays.
As well as needing to reduce the rate of carbon release from fossil fuels into the atmosphere, we need new, affordable mechanisms for permanent carbon storage, not just temporary carbon capture.


Locals made their point to G20 on climate
Thanks, Another (anonymous) Observer (Posted November 19, 2014 at 6:05 pm).
As I mentioned, I agree that “this bunkum has to stop”. Of course you have the “right” to post anonymously, or “under any damn name [you] please”.
But it’s a fact that you would have more credibility if you posted under your own name, at least when you have no good reason to hide your identity. People generally have more respect for the views of those who have the guts to stand up publicly for what they believe in.


Locals made their point to G20 on climate
Well another (anonymous) Observer (Posted November 18, 2014 at 11:20 am), just keep your head happily buried in the sand, and the rest of us will try to figure this out constructively. It is you who is spouting the “bunkum”.
Yes, the climate changes, and we attempt to adapt.
However, the carbon component of the atmosphere has been growing at an unprecedented rate for many decades now.
Many aspects of the weather and environment are now changing at rates that are very difficult for most people to adjust to without major problems.
So we will try to slow the rate of carbon growth to give us more time to adjust and cope, while you are happily fooling yourself and others around you, cocooned in a state of denial.
Your solutions are not rational nor well informed.
Dams are very expensive to construct, and usually cause problems to our downstream rivers and biodiversity, amongst other difficulties. Shale gas still contributes to increasing the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and more toxins in our water supplies, amongst several other serious concerns.
Nuclear waste will remain a costly and dangerous problem for succeeding generations for many thousands of years, and nuclear power plants cost a mint to build and manage.
You seem to have left solar power off your list. Do you have a bee in your bonnet about renewable energy sources too?
If you have real concerns about the plight of “people living in poverty” you should be advocating the rapid phasing out of fossil fuels, and the swift conversion to use of renewable energy sources.


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