cassowary wrote: ↑
Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:13 pm
neverfail wrote: ↑
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:59 pm
cassowary wrote: ↑
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:36 pm
Spend the money on practical measures to combat the effects of global warming....
Like what I suggested. Build dams to keep the water out. That’s what the Dutch have been doing for decades. It’s cheaper than banning coal mining or making it unfeasiable with regulations. Think of the lost jobs.
They are called dikes
, not dams cass. The Dutch have stopped building them because the cost now exceeds any benefit the country might gain from recovering additional land from the shallow seas off their coast. In addition, with the system of dykes and drainage they already have their country is safe from immersion by flooding sea water.
No one out here is seriously proposing to ban coal mining. Most of our coal is exported and is thus a valuable source of foreign exchange helping to balance our current account. The last time someone seriously proposed closing our coal mining down was when environment advocate and founder of our Greens party demanded that from the Labor government led by Kevin Rudd as the price for his party's co-operation in the Senate to legislate a carbon emissions tax into law. Of course neither Rudd nor his party could or would wear it given the inevitable consequences both for the nation and for his government's re-election prospects (Labor gets the blame while Bob Brown gets the credit - no thanks!). So this country still does not have a carbon emissions tax (or an energy policy that has dose anything other than make the cost of electric power exorbitant).
As for lost jobs, I am thinking of all the new jobs that renewables are likely to gain to replace the jobs lost in a soon to be declining coal industry.:
https://reneweconomy.com.au/guptas-stun ... try-54849/
The biggest thing to hit South Australia in decades.
Private enterprise cost-belefit is likely to make coal sub-economic in ways that government taxes and regulations never will. With the cost of solar panels dropping in price phenominally (thanks to technological and manufacturing process breakthroughs made in the People's Republic of China - now the World's main supplier of solar cell panels) making it more cost-effective to generate electric power using solar cells than by burning coal.
Jobs will be lost in coal mining but job losses always happen with technological change - compensated by new jobs created in the new industries elsewhere.