Australia to become a Green Utopia

by Viv Forbes, Science Writer

Making things does matter

Recent headlines exulted: “Real estate makes bigger profits than mining”.

This is an omen, not a signal to celebrate.

In peacetime, societies may survive without making “things” providing they have valued skills, assets to sell or barter, or savings in sound currencies. But during military or financial crises, “things” may not be available unless they are made locally. Then we must rely on the primary producers of new wealth – miners, farmers, foresters, fishermen, engineers, builders, tradesmen and skilled workers.

Back in war-torn 1943, Australia had ration cards for petrol, food and clothing, and insufficient copper to make cartridges for our own defence.

Now, because of the war on carbon, Australia will soon have no oil refineries to produce fuel and lubricants for our tractors, ships, tanks and cars. Mines and base-load power plants are closing. There are fewer smelters and refineries producing steel, copper, aluminium, lead or zinc, and no factories making engines, rifles, ships, planes, cars, trucks or dozers. Our children are more skilled in soft options and electronic gadgetry than in maths, science and engineering; too many despise trades, soldiering, farming and manual work.

This industrial decay will become obvious one still, dark, winter evening when wind turbines stand idle, solar panels have logged off, batteries are flat, and overloaded standby generators fail. There will be no power for trains, lifts, heaters, stoves, fridges, traffic lights, retail checkouts or electronic money. With every addition of intermittent electricity (wind/solar), and every closure of reliable base-load power (coal), this blackout danger increases.

Real estate speculation, bureaucracy, parliamentary debates, games, entertainment, and arts are froth on the river of basic industry where things are made.

That river is running dry.

Making things does matter.

How long could Australia Survive if fuel supplies dried up?
http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2014/s4121593.htm


Australian Oil Refineries closing:
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/energy-smart/australian-oil-refineries-are-closing-but-vitol-believes-it-can-defy-the-trend-20150109-12kx67.html

Australia’s largest power plant to close:
http://www.australianmining.com.au/news/origin-to-close-australia-s-largest-coal-power-pla


South Australia to close 40% of its base load power:
https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjc1amcm6XLAhWIJJQKHS1aCrMQFggeMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.smh.com.au%2Fbusiness%2Fenergy%2Falinta-to-shut-sa-coal-mine-power-plants-early-20151007-gk32q6.html&usg=AFQjCNGz38Gc9zz6RCF5xj9qucv9OjEcOg

Friends of the Earth urge Closure of still more power stations:

http://bze.org.au/media/newswire/contracts-closure-tale-two-power-stations-120807

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About Editor, cairnsnews

One of the few patriots left who understand the system and how it has been totally subverted under every citizen's nose. If we can help to turn it around we will otherwise our children will have nothing. Our investigations show there is no 'government' of the people for the people of Australia. The removal of the Crown from Australian Parliaments, followed by the incorporation of Parliaments aided by the Australia Act 1987 has left us with corporate government with policies not laws, that apply only to members of political parties and the public service. There is no law, other than the Common Law. This fact will be borne out in the near future as numerous legal challenges in place now, come to a head this year.

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