There is a trend to describe new culture battles in terms of ‘public health’ in an attempt to piggyback various agendas on the shoulders of Covid panic.
BLM protests are okay amid Covid lockdowns because racism is a public health threat. Calling someone by the wrong pronouns is a public health risk because it causes suicide. Climate change is a public health risk. That sort of thing.
The Climate Council warns the use of gas in homes is exposing Australian children to a higher risk of asthma, as well as driving climate change . . .
“People can take steps to reduce their risk by increasing ventilation, such as modern extraction fans over gas stoves, flues for gas heaters, and simple measures like opening windows. However, this won’t eliminate the risk completely.”
That’s another new thing – trying to eliminate risks completely. Coming up next month: ‘Why leaving the house is bad for your health and destroys the planet.’
The report also warns gas heaters used in most NSW schools are exposing children to a higher risk of asthma and dangerous indoor air pollution . . .
“Gas is both directly hazardous to our health, and also as a fossil fuel drives climate change, which worsens health risks related to extreme weather such as heatwaves, bushfires and intense storms.
“Australians who switch from gas to efficient electric appliances will save money, protect their family and improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.
“The Federal Government must abandon its dangerous, polluting and expensive plans to expand gas operations, and instead spend public money on scaling up clean, safe and affordable renewable energy.”
And now we come to the point. Our rulers want us to use shitty electric stoves and heaters powered by expensive and unreliable renewables so that they can feel better about themselves.
This is nothing to do with climate, regardless of what you think on that issue. China is planning 148 gigawatts of new coal power generation over the next few years. In comparison, Australia’s total electricity output from all sources in 2019 was 59 gigawatts.
Our use of gas causes climate change like pissing in the ocean warms it up.
Australia has abundant natural gas resources which were recently being spruiked as a cleaner, stop-gap measure until the problem of renewable intermittence is solved. But that’s not good enough. Nothing is ever good enough. We must keep sacrificing until our rulers can display their virtue with perfect self-satisfaction.
A spokesman for School Infrastructure NSW said that in 2009, “hi NOx” heaters from public schools were removed, or hi NOx burners were replaced with lo NOx in classrooms.
“To suggest classrooms in NSW are dangerous due to heaters is false. Fear for their children’s safety should not be exploited to convince parents of the merits of reducing gas use,” the spokesman said.
“The majority of schools use heaters. Unflued heaters have either been converted to lo NOx or replaced entirely. Health studies show they are safe. It is disappointing that the findings of these studies appears not to have been considered in this report . . .
The spokesman said the Department of Education inspected the performance of all gas heaters annually to ensure they operated to the required performance and safety standards.
If kids were keeling over dead in classrooms and kitchens from gas power, I think we would have noticed by now. This is scaremongering by actors who know that health fears are the best way to influence Australians because we are a bunch of old women.