Letters to the editor: Burning for balance (Jan 30)

WANGI FIRE: Reader Steven Busch says trees should be cleared from the side of roads in isolated communities to maintain clear escape routes. Picture: Chris VanderSchaaf
WANGI FIRE: Reader Steven Busch says trees should be cleared from the side of roads in isolated communities to maintain clear escape routes. Picture: Chris VanderSchaaf

Burning for balance

I AGREE the planet is getting hotter, you don't need a scientist to tell you that. It's pretty obvious that hundreds of thousands of aircraft flying around the planet spewing out greenhouse gases, at extremely high temperatures into a cold atmosphere, is going to have an effect on the planet's ability to diffuse the heat on the earth's surface back into the atmosphere.

Not to mention the added effect of greenhouse gases being released from the earth's surface, albeit mother nature has a way of dealing with them to maintain the balance needed to sustain life.

Bushfires are also a part of maintaining that balance. Unlike some of our man-made disasters, bushfires are a natural occurrence. They have been happening since the bush was created as part of nature's way of maintaining our atmosphere, usually started by lightning strikes. This clears the undergrowth and the deadwood so the trees can regenerate to continue doing the amazing job they do in sustaining life on this planet.

Climate change, or not, there will be bushfires as long as there is bush to burn. All we can do is try and reduce the risk by removing trees from around properties and particularly roads going in out of isolated communities where so many people have lost their lives trying to escape. The Australian Defence Force also needs to introduce firefighting into its basic training to assist in fighting these fires at the coalface.

- Steven Busch, Rathmines

Punters really cleaned up

I WOULD like to congratulate all the people who attend the Music in the Podium event at Warners Bay. We go often and are usually the last to leave. It amazes us that there is never any rubbish left behind by the hundreds of attendees. Well done, everyone.

- Herbert Porter, Dora Creek

Won't stop progress

WITH the final hurdle now overcome for the Trinity Point helipad ('Helipad set to lift off', Lakes Mail, January 23), maybe the NIMBYs will stop attempting to stop progress. Funny for a supposed progress association.

- Alan Gurman, Dora Creek

Weather no moral fault

THE idea that human moral fault is the cause of adverse weather events is the oldest superstition in the book.

I think it is admirable that some of your letter writers have stopped using cars, buses, trains, planes, mains electricity appliances, metals, and any cooling, heating, food or goods involving the dreaded fossil fuels.

On that virtuous basis they talk down to the rest of us about how deplorably imperfect we are for failing to practise what they preach.

However if they had bothered to check before imposing this hardship on themselves, they would have found that all the climate models of all the alleged experts without exception have proven flatly incorrect. It will comfort those letter writers' anguish to reflect that the alleged experts' alarmist doomsday predictions are no less amateurish than their own.

The alleged experts just happen to have an entire conflict of interest with the rest of the population at whose enforced expense they live and pay for their comfortable hypocrisy.

The assumption that government is some kind of all-knowing, all-caring, all-capable super-being - the redemption and salvation of erring mankind with no interest in its own power, is just idolatrous superstition, that's all.

Some of your letter writers contradict their own premise by criticising government.

Obviously, if we all would benefit from climate policy, there'd be no need to forcibly impose it in the first place.

Some of your letter writers simply ignore the unethical and anti-pragmatic dimensions of backing up their superstitious anti-human policy beliefs with the force and threats that they advocate.

- Justin Jefferson, Toronto

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