Comments of the Week

From annoyingly intermittent coal power to the benefits of wind farms near banana plantations, our readers offer a dose of humour to round out the week.

We must apologise for not running our ‘Comment of the Week’ column for several weeks, as there have been some excellent comments from the readers over this period. We’ve consequently stretched back a bit further than a week in trying to uncover some of the gems that many of you have been contributing.

Typically news stories don’t get much in the way of comments but our winner for this week was drawn from a news story, Victorian power prices soar on Yallourn flooding, which described how a wayward river (not for the first time) decided to implement its own version of a carbon constraint.

In response Christopher Eastman-Nagle commented:

The trouble with coal energy is that it is so weather dependent and intermittent.

Then Dave Smith jumped in with some wishful thinking:

Maybe they could convert Yallourn to hydro-electric.

Our exposure of The Australian newspaper’s mis-representation of Queensland Health’s position on wind farms (they don’t have one), which tried to suggest wind farms directly cause health problems also elicited some prolific comment from readers.

Don Gilbert warned us that not only should we be fearful of wind turbines but also pointed out the need to beware of elephants talking:

Elephants can and do communicate at sound levels well below what the human ear can pick up. And that sound I believe can travel for many, many kilometres.

One should beware of elephants talking to one another. And or whales calling in the water. Or aeroplanes flying overhead. Or birds calling. Or loud rock music.

In addition Brett Walker came up with a brainwave headed, ‘An idea for News Corp to increase its circulation’:

They could start giving away a free tin foil hat with each copy of their rumour-paper.

Of course now that Climate Spectator is owned by News Corp, we intend to start mailing out these free tin foil hats to all of our readers within cooee of the local zoo as a matter of urgency before you all fall ill from the effects of infrasound from elephants talking to one another.

Our follow-up story, Going bananas over wind farms, on how The Australian newspaper managed to turn selective quoting into an fine art by suggesting Australia’s entire banana crop was at risk from a wind farm, led to an incredible eureka moment from Warwick Johnson, that we considered submitting to our sister publication Productivity Spectator,                                                                                           

If it was windy enough, Australia's entire stock of bananas could be blown towards the wind farms. This could lead to economic efficiencies for cafes serving banana splits.

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