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Pollution in the Daintree
Thanks to the short sighted policies of previous governments and the
decision to block grid electricity in the Daintree, there are currently
hundreds of individual generators running, pumping thousands of tonnes
of carbon dioxide into the World Heritage listed rainforest.
Bob explaining the stupidity of the situation
Tour guides on the many daytours that travel up to the Daintree
tell people nonsense that this is the largest renewable energy community
in Australia, but In reality this ' renewable energy community' is running
on generators most the time burning lots of petrol and diesel, pumping
thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide into the rainforest and nearly three
million litres of fuel is trucked up every year. You will see the trucks
travel across the ferry, and you may have to wait as the fuel trucks are
not allowed to travel together with other traffic.
This is what shortsighted ignorant government policies lead
to; besides polluting generators there is also the pollution of discarded
worn out batteries, any type of grid would eliminate the need for batteries.
In October 2003 a group of Cape Tribulation business community
members had requested a central generating plant be installed at Cape
Tribulation. They provided evidence of consumption of more than 1.5 million
litres of fuel per year; and more than 20 generators between 40 and 150kVa
operating up to 24hrs per day within a 5km radius. A ludicrous situation,
and to add to this the dangers of emissions, fuel storage and waste disposal.
Renewable Energy Re-defined
Renewable Energy is a popular buzzword that is all around us these days as attempts are made to make this world less polluting. But despite its romantic sounding name, what is the harsh reality of "Renewable Energy" to Daintree residents?
Every six to eight years you have to RENEW your batterybank,
depending on its size you are up for $4500 to even $20 000 and you can
add a pile of lead and acid to the battery pile in the photo above.
Energy gone into producing all this equipment is known as embodied energy, and all the energy and resources gone in to generators, batteries, solar panels etc. is another big waste.
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