Member for Murray Sharman Stone believes taxing Australians is not the answer to reducing the carbon footprint and is happy that the carbon tax was repealed.TRENT HORNEMAN July 18, 2014 3:22am
Member for Murray Sharman Stone believes taxing Australians is not the answer to reducing our carbon footprint and that climate change is natural evolution.
Her comments come in the wake of the carbon tax repeal being passed by the Senate yesterday.
‘‘The globe has experienced climate change since the fog after the big bang,’’ she said.
‘‘There was once tropical rainforest in the antarctic and a massive inland sea over this part of the world. Climate change is part of natural evolution.
Dr Stone said it was important to look at alternate sources for renewable energy but also said the government supported the use of fossil fuels, such as coal.
‘‘We do not hate coal. Coal is not a dirty word,’’ she said.
Dr Stone said the rush to explore and extract coal seam gas in NSW, particularly at the expense of rich farming land, was a concern.
‘‘Given the oversupply of gas, my question is why have gas prices remained high?’’ she said.
Dr Stone said she supported an idea to capture noxious gasses from the region’s farms.
She said biogases in the region’s piggeries, farms and orchards could be collected and used to generate power, particularly gases from the region’s fruit waste which was more noxious than animal methane.
Dr Stone said farms could begin to generate their own power, much in the way farms used to use windmills to help pump water.
‘‘I support the idea of micro-systems on farms to capture gases to be converted into power,’’ she said.
Dr Stone said while clean use of coal still had a place in Australia, it risked a long-lasting legacy if different renewable energy sources were not found.
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