When the Federal Government have you in a squirrel grip …

Comment on Fracking OK, but under ‘strict laws’ – Gunner by Richard Bentley.

When the Federal Government have you in a squirrel grip what choice have you? Best hope is that the pace of developments of the alternatives and the cost of developing the resources means not much will happen.

Recent Comments by Richard Bentley

Gas and solar: Still uneasy bedfellows
If SA can handle greater than 50% why can’t the NT?
Sort it out and stop making excuses.
Electrifying transport is one good way to soak up any excess generation.


Kids ‘jumped, bashed’ numerous people: reports.
An army is not a bad idea. They do not have to be armed with guns.
Robyn and Dale could lead from the front and recognise that this needs to go beyond politics.


Rolfe bail application under exclusion of the public
By coincidence on almost the same day as this event a gathering of police chiefs in America were considering the matter of police shootings in the USA.
Reported in the NY Times 125 people have been shot in confrontations with police in a year.
The article concluded that nobody wins in these circumstances.
Hopefully any inquiry will draw on the American experience in making recommendations to avoid any repetition.


Government electricity firm in trouble as solar booms
The electrification of transport is one way that some value can be extracted from the investment in gas generation at Owen Springs.
I understand that transport amounts to around 30% of energy consumption so there is a great opportunity to reduce emissions by utilising local energy sources – sun or gas – to run your transport fleet. Ultimately all electricity is likely to be solar sourced as the technology is improving by the day and getting cheaper.
But for now anything is better than burning petrol or diesel in an ICE.


Hate speech report sparks trolling
Following events in Alice Springs through Community Forum and Alice Springs News there is rarely a dull moment. It is painful however to see good people with good intentions falling out.
It seems that an internet squabble is not much different from a bar room brawl except with so many people involved it is harder to say sorry tomorrow.
I could not question Erwin’s commitment to his business or the town. As an editor he must call it as he sees it and I for one do not always agree but his paper provides a useful independent voice in the town.
Over the years I have seen many references to the services provided by Wayne Thompson, often at his own expense, to transport services in Alice Springs.
I am also acutely aware of the risks he and his employees face providing that service. This does not excuse the comments made but explains them.
Rather than litigation perhaps the protagonists can find a quiet spot to discuss their differences and get back to lifting the town spirit.


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