Letters: Football violence disguised as passion

Letters: Football violence disguised as passion

Peter Cavanagh, Middle Ridge, Qld

Retirement more than just slippers and golf

I am fed up with reading about people who have chosen to continue working referring to retirement as wearing slippers and playing golf (“Super at crossroads”, December 17-18) .

Choosing to continue working is a choice and the majority – and it is a majority – of people who are in a financial position to retire and live off superannuation lead very productive community-based lives and have no idea what slippers are and have never set foot on a golf course.

I read The Australian Financial Review every day and do not expect to have to read the supercilious meanderings of a person who thinks because he is continuing to work that he is somehow more intellectual than those who haven’t.

Dawn Vanderhorst, Wantirna South, Vic

Response to Crimea emboldened Putin

The feature article (“Russia’s war plans show a series of mistakes starting with Putin”, December 19) was excellent. Vladimir Putin’s disgraceful 2022 land grab for all of Ukraine must surely have been encouraged by the ineffectual Western leadership’s reaction to his earlier successful conquest of Crimea in 2014.

The responses of both former president Barack Obama and former German chancellor Angela Merkel were pitiful.

The United States applied some half-hearted economic sanctions and Merkel continued to pursue policies of increasing Germany’s energy dependence on Russian gas supplies.

It comes as no surprise that Putin must have felt emboldened to invade Ukraine.

Dennis Walker, North Melbourne, Vic

Ukraine a warning to climate warriors

Cruel, mad and aggressive Putin understands that knocking out Ukraine’s electricity supply will cause immense damage and hardship immediately.

But still our government, egged on by Greens and teals, is in denial and seem hellbent on using unproven (except for unreliability) energy sources for our main supply.

Just seeing the uncertainty in sewerage, supply of water, food, hospitals, schools, etc, in Ukraine should be enough for all, except single-minded climate warriors, for a huge wake-up call.

However, if thanking Putin for shining the light is far too repugnant, then Europe and the USA, both of which are showing far more responsibility in this regard, are acceptable alternatives.

Gordon Thurlow, Launceston, Tas

Fossil fuel companies must listen to the UN

At the recent 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 27), Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations, said: ’Greenhouse gas emissions keep growing, global temperatures keep rising, and our planet is fast approaching tipping points that will make climate chaos irreversible.

We are on a highway to climate hell with our foot still on the accelerator.“

Are the leaders of fossil-fuel-burning corporations in Australia aware of the chaos they have, and will cause, by continuing to ignore repeated warnings emanating from the United Nations that burning fossil fuels to create energy, which leads to the release into the atmosphere of greenhouse gas emissions, must stop.

Brian Measday, Myrtle Bank, SA

‘Green’ methanol is not the answer for shipping

Shipping, like aviation, isn’t covered by the Paris agreement because of the difficulty in attributing its emissions to individual nations.

On first impressions, making “green methanol from renewables-based hydrogen” to help the shipping industry reduce emissions sounds terrific (“Spanish giant joins $1.7b green methanol project in Tasmania”, December 20).

But as usual, the devil is in the detail. Compared to gasoline or diesel, the combustion of methanol produces no nitrogen oxide, sulphur oxide emissions and less carbon dioxide and so it is a cleaner fuel, but it not emissions-free.

While green hydrogen will be created using renewables and combined with carbon to make the methane, using “forestry wood waste” as the carbon source is environmentally problematic.

The federal government has recently removed native forest wood waste from the Renewable Energy Target for environmental reasons, so presumably, wood from plantations would be the source.

Even then, the carbon is used faster than it can be regrown so the process releases carbon now that – because of tree growth rates – would not be locked up again for decades.

For various reasons, zero-emitting ammonia is seen by many in the shipping industry as the most viable fuel option, and a consortium of companies was recently granted EU funding to install the world’s first ammonia-powered fuel cell on a vessel in 2023.

Ray Peck, Hawthorn, Vic

Has Bowen got it wrong for the second time?

Chris Bowen has struck a deal with the states and territories to place a cap on gas and coal prices, despite vociferous objections from the gas companies.

He’s the same bloke who, as shadow treasurer for then opposition leader Bill Shorten, bungled the party’s tax policies, which was to a large degree the reason why the Labor Party lost the election. Will lightning strike twice and will this policy do the same damage to Anthony Albanese?

Coke Tomyn, Camberwell, Vic

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