[CAMWEST-discuss] Fwd: ## Message from Barry's website
danny_hannan at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 16 23:22:06 UTC 2011
Unfortunately Barry and his minions have not heard that Australia is importing
80% of its liquid fuel needs and that NSW is importing 100% of its liquid fuel
needs. And that NSW manufactures almost no motor vehicles. That means that
most of the money spent on motor transport permanently leaves the state,
depleting our wealth. Building more roads just increases the rate that our
wealth leaves the state.
Rail transport and rolling stock on the other hand can all be built here so that
the wealth of the state stays circulating within the sate. The fuel cost of
rail freight is 25% of that of road transport on a per tonne basis.
While the right wing supporters complain about the subsidies that are needed for
rail transport the subsidies for road transport are actually over twice that for
rail on a passenger kilometre basis and on a tonne kilometre of freight basis.
According to the International Energy Agency's; World Energy Outlook 2010, peak
oil was 2006. Don't politicians read or if they do don't they understand the
significance or consequences of these documents.
Do write to you local both state and federal representives on these topics.
Politicians will only change policies when they think the weight of public
opinion will cost them their seat if they don't.
This is a recent letter I sent to local politicians.
I make my living as a private trader in oil futures and some selected options
both on the US market.
I hold no stock, I employ no people, I produce no goods, I provide no services,
while I put my own capital at risk, the risks I take are well calculated and
mostly allowed for, and at least I use my own capital. Hedge funds and trading
companies etc. trade with other people's capital. A system that not only allows
but encourages such trading is designed to take wealth from the people and put
it into the hands of a few and so is seriously flawed.
My point being; is that traders such as myself are parasites on the economy,
while we may perform some necessary functions, the costs to the economy are
large. I seriously doubt that a carbon trading system would achieve its goal of
reducing carbon dioxide emissions. A carbon trading scheme however: Would
raise prices and take money from the polluters and the public and pass it to the
traders. The money men would grow richer while little would be done to reduce
our energy needs or our carbon emissions.
A broad based carbon tax without compensations as supported by Leighton Holdings
chairman David Mortimer in this article and proposed by Geoff Carmody of Access
Would not only reduce carbon consumption by driving behavioural change but
provide funds to build the vast infrastructure needed for a low
energy-consumption economy and for renewable power production . This
infrastructure is needed not only to reduce our energy usage and to produce
power from renewable sources but also to replace our rapidly depleting reserves
of fossil fuels.
The dispute over a carbon tax going on between the major political parties at
the moment is heart breakingly disappointing for those who are knowledgeable on
the topic. The scientific and mathematical illiteracy of our so called leaders,
the politicians is appalling. Both major parties are playing to a largely
scientifically ignorant public and it is in the parties vested interests to keep
the public ignorant on the topics of both Global Warming and resource
depletion. Else dramatic changes would have to be made to their policies. Does
anyone think this is being a good elected representative of the people or good
Just to clarify, from my research of the data available, Global Warming is
actually accelerating and has a large human caused component. While I question
the mechanisms said to cause Global Warming, from my calculations the heat
released from our fossil fuel usage alone is quite adequate to cause the
measured Global Warming and while "green house gases" are also contributing to
the problem, carbon dioxide is not the only contributing "green house gas" and
may not be the main contributor.
However: I cannot see how a carbon trading scheme will do anything except take
money from the people and put it into the hands of the traders. A direct and
broad based tax on carbon with no compensations is the only way to effect
behavioural change and so that the money can be returned to the people in the
form of the infrastructure needed to lower our energy usage and to produce the
needed energy in sustainable ways that will replace our fast depleting fossil
A carbon tax would make only a small increase in costs compared to the removal
of subsidies and the energy price rises that are inevitable as fossil fuels
supplies fail to meet demand in our energy hungry world. Currently in NSW our
power stations are heavily subsidised with low cost coal. The same coal that is
supplied to the power stations at less than $40/tonne is loaded onto ships in
New Castle Harbour at around $120-$130/tonne. The growing global shortage of
export quantities of fossil fuels will only push these prices higher.
danny_hannan at yahoo.com
From: John Holstein <jonhol2 at netscape.net>
To: camwest-announce at nicku.org; camwest-discuss at nicku.org; m2 at bikenorth.org.au
Sent: Wed, 16 March, 2011 6:14:40 PM
Subject: [CAMWEST-discuss] Fwd: ## Message from Barry's website
I recently sent an email to Barry O'Farrell re my disappointment with their
decision to increase spending on Motorways. The email is at the bottom of the
reply from Mr O'Farrell, or more than likely, one of his minions. An interesting
reply which seems to indicate where the priorities of the Liberal/Nationals lie.
Use your vote wisely on 26/3/2011. Watch where your preferences are directed &
please, NO DONKEY VOTE, that is just a waste of your vote.
Member of CAMWEST (http://camwest.pps.com.au) advocating for better cycling
infrastructure for Sydney's West.
"if we don't change direction, we will end up where we are headed" (Professor
American vaudeville comic and actor (1914 - ) )
From: LOP at parliament.nsw.gov.au
To: John Holstein <jonhol2 at netscape.net>
Sent: Wed, Mar 16, 2011 4:30 pm
Subject: Re: ## Message from Barry's website
Thank you for your recent email.
I have read your email with interest and have noted your concerns in relation to
transport and road infrastructure. The NSW Liberals & Nationals believe the
completion of the South West and North West Rail Links are priorities for Sydney
and we will commence building these rail links in our first term.The NSW
Liberals & Nationals are also committed to establishing Infrastructure NSW if
elected in March.
Infrastructure NSW will be an independent and professional chaired body
responsible for the identification and prioritisation of critical public
infrastructure across NSW, including roads.
This will help us identify projects NSW within an appropriate time frame and
Lastly, you may be interested to know that we will inject an extra $200 million
into the roads capital works budget specifically to fix black spots and relieve
congestion on our roads, if elected in March.
This additional funding will be prioritised for local roads projects that
improve road safety by fixing black spots and well-known regional death traps
and improve NSW's economic productivity by reducing travel times, relieving
congestion or upgrading road quality, as well as making a real impact in terms
of road safety.
Please visit my website at www.barryofarrell.com.au for policy updates and the
NSW Liberals & Nationals plan to Make NSW Number One Again.
Thank you again for taking the time to write to me.
Barry O'Farrell MP
NSW Leader of the Opposition
(P) 02 9230 2270
(F) 02 9221 8208
(E) LOP at parliament.nsw.gov.au
Name*: John Holstein
Email*: jonhol2 at netscape.net
The enquiry is a general enquiry
Message*: Mr O'Farrell,
I am extremely disappointed in your announcement to increase capacities of the
Motorways in the state. The M2 is already being widened by the current
parliament & by the admissions of the builders, Transurban, has an expected life
span of 10 years before it becomes congested again. Take the two year
construction period away & it is a waste of money.
The Northwest is crying out for public transport options, but I was reliably
informed recently the Northwest Rail Link would only have a capacity of two
trains per hour each way, due to congestion on the rest of the rail network.
I appreciate there is no easy answer to our transport woes, but to rely on
increasing motorised traffic alone is foolish. Freight needs to be returned to
rail across the state, people need to be encouraged to return to public
transport, carpool or use an easy alternative such as a bicycle for the smaller
Please show some foresight beyond the next election. You will, for better or
worse, wind up in power after the 26 March,2011, please use your mandate wisely
& actually DO SOMETHING good for the State.
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