Cricket, population and wind farms

Downhill so fast

It has been confirmed that the Australian bobsled team recently requested a meeting with the SA Redbacks. They wanted to know how you can go downhill so fast!

Rick Drewer, Gawler East.

Unsustainable population growth

I recently watched the Four Corners expose on the unsustainable rate of Australia’s growing population.

It is sad to think that a fragile country like ours, where only less than 10 per cent is comfortably inhabitable, is now being stared down for population growth by countries where billions of people live in degraded, air-polluted,crowded environments from which they now wish to flee?

Our services, job availability, real estate and infrastructure are not coping now and this was highlighted in a tragic way.

When I saw the new five storey primary school that has just been opened in Melbourne, my heart bled for those children who will now be educated in artificial light and air-conditioning all day, with nowhere to play outside. 

Is this progress or enhancement of our standard of living? I don’t think so!

Alex Hodges, Birdwood.

It beggars belief

The numbers in relation to wind and solar just don’t add up, this state is squandering billions of tax-payer dollars in grants and loans to overseas consortiums to erect wind farms, these wind-farms are essentially placed on ranges and in areas of, presumably, reliable wind patterns, at least 90 per cent of those favoured areas are on private farming property’s so therefore the land owner wants, and receives, rental for his property, this includes the specially constructed access roads to each of these towers and during this entire process there are untold tonnes of diesel fumes being shot into the atmosphere (the very same atmosphere they reckon they are protecting and saving).

No matter which way this is considered it is an extremely costly, and ongoing, procedure.

It beggars belief that as a major exporter of uranium and a user of all the medical products etc it provides South Australia blindly refuse to consider nuclear power which (in the long run) would be cheapest power this state could ever enjoy as it stumbles into the future, a future which (given current trends) will become more and more expensive.

I have been advocating an in-depth investigation into the nuclear industry (particularly in the energy sector, but let us not forget the waste storage which would be an enormous earner for SA) for quite some time, but it seems the powers-that-be are blindly pushing for short term wind, supported by solar at the expense of future generations as well as the current ones.

Ideology is all very good if it is accompanied with common sense, unfortunately common sense is the one important ingredient missing, and presumably beyond the scope of the current line up of politicians in their blind march towards even more expensive energy. 

To finish I would put this question; when these wind towers reach the end of their useful life (and they will) what will be the next generation of energy production and what will be astronomical cost to get it up and running? 

It’s pretty certain that this is a question no politician has considered, that is for sure!

Dennis Parker, Yongala.