Joe and I would like to thank the Cummins ambulance volunteers and hospital staff for assisting Joe a few weeks back.
They were all wonderful, especially JT.
He explained everything to us with compassion and care, making a horrible situation far better to handle.
JT, you are worth your weight in gold!
The Cummins community are so lucky to have you and all who volunteer!
JADE DUNN AND JOE WALKER
Turn criticism into conversation
We all use oil.
This is the most common statement I hear when debating the oil proposals in the GAB.
It is usually used as leverage to compel critics to accept responsibility in continuing to extract oil for all of our benefits.
But while these four words struggle to contain the whole debate, they do open opportunities for many, many more discussions.
Oil is used in such a variety of ways that have different levels of benefit.
Using diesel to run a header harvesting thousands of tonnes of grain is very different to driving a jet ski around the bay on Sunday afternoon.
Using oil based resins to construct a wind turbine blade is very different to injection moulding a container that holds 50 grams of lollies to be discarded after one use.
Painting the Sydney Harbour Bridge is very different to graffitiing the side of a railway carriage.
Oil is also extracted in many different ways and places.
Without exception, they all have significant environmental and social implications.
Increasingly, as global leaders are acknowledging fossil fuels’ role in climate change, so these implications don’t just affect the local community, they have wider ethical consequences.
When viewed in this light, an oil reserve in Saudi Arabia that is already in operation and has reserves for decades to come is different to opening up an entirely new oil field close to an area that already has thriving industries and communities dependent on a relatively clean environment and image of this.
Right now, if a farmer, for example, wanted to switch to renewable energy for his or her tractors, there are virtually no options.
Does this fact mean that we must accept oil exploration in our region?
My car runs on deep fryer oil.
No, we can’t save the world by eating more fish and chips, but the point is that the technology I use to do this comes from a company that originated during the Suez crisis.
That company is still thriving today.
No, I don’t want fuel prices to go through the roof to force change, but investment has to be directed to areas that need to be funded for global solutions.
What these solutions are will be debated for years to come (and many are relevant to the Eyre Peninsula), but fossil fuels are the dinosaurs that are holding back this investment.
But things are changing.
The World Bank will “stop financing upstream oil and gas” from next year.
Renewable energy has a growth rate envied by almost every other sector.
People are increasingly rolling over their superannuation funds to ethical investment options, moving large amounts of money away from fossil fuel companies.
Look at how solar panels on our roofs are helping to transform our energy generation, and giving many people a nice roll of fifties in their back pocket.
Supporting a dinosaur will not give us the diversity of options we need to make better choices in our everyday life, and it will not help our region to thrive, no matter how many jobs are suggested.
The Eyre Peninsula, in my experience, is full of people proud to be independent, resourceful and ingenious, indeed the nature of the area almost mandates this.
Our thirst for oil, and support for Equinor’s proposal, stifles this identity.
We all use oil. But lets turn this statement away from being a moral criticism, and towards being the first sentence in a conversation about how, where and why we use oil, and how and where we extract it from.
Common sense prevails
I am so thankful our mayor Bruce Green made a sensible decision.
He did not let the alarmist society get to him, he knows, as do many of us, the value this industry will bring to this state.
One of the best companies in the world is going to drill here, Statoil/Equinor have a very very good record in the industry.
The people against this will go to great lengths to scare everyone.
People like me do not attend meetings in town because you can’t fight well drilled (no pun intended) well financed organisations on any facts.
Well done Mr Green you know what it means to this state. It is a pity many don’t.
Remember it’s the silent majority that make up the real vote.
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