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Your views: on coal exports, planning laws and Crows in the city

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Today, readers comment on coal and emissions, heritage versus development and a Crows park lands HQ.

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Commenting on the story: Cutting coal exports won’t help environment: Libs, Labor

Peter Dutton and Anthony Albanese are being disingenuous in claiming that cutting coal exports won’t reduce (or even will increase!) emissions from global coal use.

It is obvious that if Australia, the world’s largest coal exporter, stopped exporting coal it would drive up the coal price considerably.

Customers would reconsider investing in coal for power generation and look to cleaner options instead. Coal use is a major contributor to global warming.

Insanely, despite all the warnings about the climate emergency and need to cut emissions rapidly, politicians in the two major parties in Australia support flooding the global market with a vast amount of lower-quality coal from Queensland’s Galilee Basin.

The Adani Carmichael coal project, the first of several proposals to mine coal in the Galilee Basin, is considered by analysts at the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis to be ‘unbankable and unviable’ without subsidies, favourable deals and tax concessions.

And it would provide far less return to the state taxpayer than alternative regional renewable energy investments would do. – Jim Allen

If we stop selling thermal coal, the international price goes up and the customers accelerate their switch to renewables. 

We should further push for such “scope 3” emissions to be counted when the importing country is either not signed up to Paris or not meeting its commitments.

If we at least start ratcheting down our dependence on coal income, we can make the inevitable transition smoother and less traumatic for our coalmining communities.

Regarding the CO2 from bushfires, yes, it will be reabsorbed over time, but if the new normal is larger and more frequent fires then there will be a constant addition to the average CO2 in the atmosphere – something we could well do without. Derek Bolton

Actually agree with this despite being an avid climate change believer and one who is usually frustrated with this government’s (in)action.

Coal mining/exporting is the supply side driven by demand. Reducing supply from here won’t change that demand, it will just shift the supply elsewhere (there’s plenty of coal still…).

So, rather than wasting energy fighting new and existing coal mines we should instead be attacking that demand – accelerating power station closures and being more vocal on the world stage about fossil fuel use.

Coal has to be around for a while so that also gives us ample opportunity to transition to other areas like hydrogen – and potentially replace all that export income (and probably create more jobs). – Tom Smith

Commenting on the story: Heritage cottages under threat from new hotel but no public consultation

With a new planning development plan this is type of consultation that will occur throughout the State.

It is very disappointing that the public have absolutely no say in these decisions.

Why ask for feedback when decisions have already been decided.

If we observe development that has occurred it is abhorrent in my opinion.

Councils and the public have attempted to give input but are repeatedly ignored.

An example, simple but effective, is to enforce cars to be housed in carports, not on the street. Many are used as storage areas. – Arthur Mangos

Commenting on the story: Crows pass on “headline-grabbing” park lands HQ debate

This is just so Adelaide aristocracy and why the majority of SA citizens cannot get any good ideas and developments done in the CBD.

The Crows proposal is simply a sensible and financially credible use of the parklands for the greater Adelaide, not just a few North Adelaide residents and myopic Greenies.

One condition— it must have a licensed facility. – John Lewis

For Heaven’s sake just do it! Why do we always go through this process of a few left-wing individuals trying to hold up progress every time something positive is put up in this state?

And don’t start me or anyone I know on Adelaide Council. Why do they nearly always say it’s black when 90% of the state think/know it’s white?

Just ignore a handful of backyard greenies and do it. It will be sensational. And, by the way, I don’t barrack for the Crows. Go Bombers! – Graeme Murphy

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