Australian Greenies have caused more harm than good to the environment.

Australian Greenies have caused more harm than good to the environment.

by tonytran2015 (Melbourne, Australia).

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In contrast to the applauded ban by EU on single use plastic items [1, 2], actions by Australian Greenies have created chaos and brought more harm than good to Australian environment.

1. Promoting Compact Fluorescent Lights with no concern for their mercury contents.

In 2007, Maribyrnong (Footscray) Council of the Australian State of Victoria sent out their (luckily? timely registered) door knock bulb replacers to replace 2 incandescent bulbs with CF Lights for free for each consenting household. Door knock bulb replacers are paid around AUD 100/2 bulb replacements. The 2 bulbs costs around AUD 6 each and could have been bought and inserted by the house holders themselves.

The trick of the scheme is the replacements are paid for by the Council from the property taxes on ALL households.

Good earning for those (luckily? timely registered) door knock bulb replacement persons !

Worse things to come is the householders have not been informed that CFL has mercury contents but neither the sellers nor the Local Councils provide easily accessed disposal bins for those CF Lights.

The result is Australian household wastes now have MERCURY contents.

2. Polluting construction wastes with (glass wool) pink batts.

In 2007, Prime Minister K. Rudd allowed (luckily? timely registered) door knock insulation installer to install pink batts on ceiling for insulation for free for each consenting household. Door knock installers are paid around AUD 6000/ household.

The batts cost fractions of AUD.6000 and could have been bought and installed by more responsible installers hired by the house holders.

The trick of the scheme is the replacements are paid for by the Federal Government from the tax on ALL taxpayers.

Good earning for those (luckily? timely registered) door knock insulation installers !

It is a sorry story for those installers who jumped quite late onto the gravy train.

We should feel sorry for the fire victims of this installation scheme.

Those houses with sloppy installation need reworks and may have their useful lives shortened. That is not very green.

3. Banning plastic shopping bags in Australia causing more plastic dumping than necessary.

The public will certainly support conservation measures. However the current ban on thin plastic shopping bags may be misguided and untimely. Many people may have to suspect that the ban is only a well camouflaged move for supermarkets to make more money through the introduction and the sale of garbage bin liner bags (Bags of about the size of banned shopping bags are now selling at 5c each!). Garbage bins will be unhygienic if garbage is not contained either in small individual air tight bags (that had been the established final use for thin plastic shopping bags) or in large size thick air tight bags [9].

For economic sake, thick garbage bin liners sell better than thin bin liners as they don’t get torn unexpectedly. The bins get emptied weekly whether they are full or not.

The weight of single used garbage lining plastic bags is more than the sum of the weights of shopping bags they replace !

4. Creating the illusion that most plastic will be recycled.

This illusion of the half baked plans from greenies has given a false absolution to the addicts of single used plastic items.

Many plastic items of dubious utility values such as polystyrene foam for packaging are pushed down consumers throats after they have been stamped with the recyclable (by whom, where?) triangular stamps.

Bottled Water In Refrigerator

Figure: Drink bottles from a vending machine in the center of Melbourne (Victoria, Australia). Plastic bottles containing pressurized carbonated drink and UNNECESSARY plastic bottles containing drinking water which is not better than tap water supplied in the City of Melbourne.

Al-Can-PlasticCapNDrinkStraw

Figure: Plastic drinking straw, plastic lid for a cup of hot potato chips from KFC and aluminum can for pressurized carbonated drink.

There is a proliferation of plastic bottles, drink straws, cups, plastic lids, utensil, container-dis players for fruits… Even pairs of garlic bulbs are now also sold in plastic display containers in supermarkets in Melbourne !

5. Installing solar panels for the rich with money from the poor.

This scheme by many state governments (including Victoria) has brought current Australian household electricity to AUD 0.20/kWh (or USD 0.14/kWh) with a connection fee of AUD 0.80/day (USD 0.57/day). The cost per kWh is to increase by 5 to 10% for the next few years.

The Australian government should NOT have picked the winner and should let people choose WHEN to buy photovoltaic panels.

SolarPanelPrices

Figure The fast drop of the cost of photovoltaic panels (from http://disq.us/p/1y5tzq8).

Many household now cannot afford electricity from the grid and has to rely on own solar panel PLUS a 2000W petrol electric generator (sold at AUD 200 with 1 year warranty). Using this plan makes a saving on the grid connection fees.

Those people worked out that the cost of operating their own on site photovoltaic panels Plus the generator is much less than AUD 0.80/day just to connect to the grid.

This exercise drained Australian Treasure.

(The price of solar electricity consists of the generation cost (The average price across Australian capital cities for a 5kW system is $5100 from https://www.choice.com.au/home-improvement/energy-saving/solar/buying-guides/solar-panels) plus storage cost (using Li-Ion batteries):

The price of Lithium-Ion batteries are typically
6.6kw AU$2999 fully installed from hellosolar.com.au (1AUD = 0.7USD)
(http://hellosolar.com.au/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIu6HZ6JK24wIVkgsrCh1EsQ2CEAAYASAAEgLc_vD_BwE )

That means even at the price of ‎6.6kw for $2999 fully installed (from hellosolar.com.au, http://hellosolar.com.au/), consumer only get 6.6kWh*20,000 = 132,000kWh of electricity if the battery can give an equivalence of 6 years of service at that full capacity.

So the cost of only storing 1kWh of renewable electricity is already $2999/132,000kWh = $0.0227/kWh

If the whole life of the battery can only supply half of 20000 full charges, then the storage price double. That is if the battery gives an equivalence of only 10,000 full charge (2.5 years of service at full capacity) then the storage cost would be $0.045/kWh.

On top of that there are electricity generation cost, maintenance cost and insurance cost of (Insurance against fire risk is not cheap) the highly inflammable Li-Ion batteries in the house.

We also should note that Li-Ion batteries hazardous and are not allowed to be transported on passenger air-crafts. Fire Brigades also recommend consumers to recharge their devices using Li-Ion batteries ONLY WHILE THEY ARE STAYING AT HOME, watching the devices.

Maintenance cost may or may not be cheap but disposal cost of Li-Ion batteries is still a wild unknown for the consideration.)

(1.3Billion subsidies are for Solar in Australia in 2018, The Australian 2018,Mar12,Monday, versus 500million in 2017.

Certificate is a plan to guarantee purchase from Solar panel owner the right to sell to network at a price of $40 /MWh, or $.04/kWh from installation time to 2030 (?). Network must collect money from all users to subsidize the scheme.

Register sellers receive government subsidies of 50% of total installation but cannot take off the panels without electricity suppliers’ approval.)

6. Throttling Australian Solar Hot Water industry.

Consider this simple physical fact: Each square meter of area on Australian rooftops receives at noon 700W of solar radiation. If this energy is used for solar hot water heating then the energy capture will be 700W×(system efficiency of #0.9). On the other hand if this energy is used for solar photovoltaic generation then the energy capture will be 700W×(system efficiency of #0.17). The ratio of available heating energy to available photovoltaic energy is more than 4 times.

The capture of energy and storage of hot potable water or of hot heating (non-potable) water are simple, cheap and is within the capability of Australian industry [12, 13]. On the other hand, solar panels had to be imported from China and storing electricity at domestic scale is still uneconomical. In Saigon (at latitude of 10 degree in Vietnam), the saving in the heating cost of hot water by Vietnamese made Solar Hot Water System actually pays back all installation costs in two year! Even a transferring this technology from Vietnam to Australia would make Solar Hot Water Systems with pay back periods of no more than 4 years, a much better solution than installing photovoltaic solar systems with Chinese panels with more than 10 years (or currently 6 years?) pay back periods (depending on how early you bought the panels) and involving imported main components, more capitals, more roof complexity, more maintenance, more risks (with respect to hail storms).

The actual Vietnamese system has 2 square meters of panel/tubes for absorption of solar radiation, 250L tank for storage of heated water. After 8 hours of operation the temperature of its water can reach 90 degree C. The all up cost for the system is 8,500,000VND. Everyday it can produces 250L of hot water, from a captured heat of 10kWh or a cost of 20000VND in saved electricity. It needs 425 sunny days to pay back its all up cost.

7. Installing Liquefied Gas conversion kits on vehicles.

Greenies force the subsidization for installing conversion kits [14, 15] on Australia vehicles. Many of the conversions are done on old cars nearing their end of usability and are worth much more than street values of the cars so that the cars can be sold to scrap yards and someone can cannibalize the kits!

After many cars have been converted, the government at the time quietly sold most of Liquefied Gas to China, creating a shortage of liquefied gas (even for electric generators) and Liquefied Gas for motorists has then lost much of its economic advantage.

This exercise drained Australian Treasure.

8. Conclusion.

Thank to the Greenies for all their activities:

After joining one protest for environmental causes, Australian Greenies usually go joining another one to protest against any immigration control (necessary for controlling population growth) by Australia!

References

[1]. European Parliament votes for ban on single-use plastic, DW

[2]. European Parliament backs ban on single-use plastics, starting from 2021, abc news

[3]. https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-04/kevin-rudd-in-court-home-insulation-scheme/9831626?pfmredir=sm

[4]. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-25/insulation-companies-sues-government-for-compensation-pink-batts/7441782

[5]. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jun/04/kevin-rudd-we-would-have-stopped-home-insulation-scheme-if-risks-were-known

He rejected claims he ignored safety warnings saying the ABC report was based on a document relating to financial and administrative risks rather than safety concerns about the scheme.https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5337145/Kevin-Rudd-legal-action-ABC-Labor-home-insulation-scheme.html [6]

[6]. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5337145/Kevin-Rudd-legal-action-ABC-Labor-home-insulation-scheme.html

[7]. https://theconversation.com/royal-commission-says-insulation-deaths-were-fault-of-the-governments-program-31113

[8]. https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/labors-home-insulation-scheme-was-fundamentally-flawed-report/news-story/0f674f4b5f15dd592060dc65f3b62488

[9]. https://survivaltricks.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/misguided-untimely-ban-on-supermarket-thin-plastic-shopping-bags/

[10]. https://superforest.blog/2018/11/10/al-gore-claims-wind-and-solar-are-now-cheaper-than-coal/

[11]. http://disq.us/p/1y5tzq8

[12]. https://www.solahart.com.au/landing-pages/solar-hot-water/

[13]. https://www.canstarblue.com.au/solar-power/solar-hot-water-systems-costs/

[14]. https://westernauto.net.au/lpg-conversions/

[15]. https://www.moneysupermarket.com/car-insurance/articles/lpg-is-it-worth-the-conversion/

EU voted to ban single use plastic items.

 

EU voted to ban single use plastic items.

by tonytran2015 (Melbourne, Australia).

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The EU has voted to ban single use plastic items from 2021. [1, 2]

This is a sensible move. Single-use items such as drink straws, plastic cups, plastic food trays are the major causes of plastic pollution.

On the other hand, the ban on plastic shopping bags in Australia is misguided as it causes more disruption than its worth [3].

References

[1]. European Parliament votes for ban on single-use plastic, DW

[2]. European Parliament backs ban on single-use plastics, starting from 2021, abc news

[3]. https://survivaltricks.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/misguided-untimely-ban-on-supermarket-thin-plastic-shopping-bags/

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Misguided, untimely ban on supermarket thin plastic shopping bags.

 

Misguided, untimely ban on supermarket thin plastic shopping bags.

by tonytran2015 (Melbourne, Australia).

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With electricity price running out of control, now Australians in Victoria are also hit with a ban on free thin plastic shopping bags from supermarkets. This ban has unfolded itself to be nothing more than a free-ride on the good intention of conservation movement but for the practical aims of making more money for supermarkets, plastic makers and making disruption on behalf of Green Movements. This ban has brought forward a number of counter-arguments against it.

Misguided, untimely ban on supermarket thin plastic shopping bags.

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1. The rational behind the ban

a/ Plastic takes a very, very long time to disintegrate.

b/ Thin plastic shopping bags are floating in the open seas killing wild life.

c/ As plastic shopping bags are free, people may use them more than it is necessary.

2. The rational for using plastic bags.

a/- Thin plastic bags are convenient to shoppers. They can spontaneously drop into supermarkets any time they want.

b/- New plastic bags keep food out of contamination.

c/- Thin plastic bags replace paper and cloth bags, they save the forests.

d/- The cost of a new thin plastic shopping bag is less than the cost of the detergent used to clean a thick plastic bag or to wash a cloth based bag.

f/- After a number of varied uses, a thin plastic shopping bag can be used to wrap domestic wastes to keep clean the inside of domestic garbage bins. This improves the sanity for garbage workers but does not require the production of single use plastic garbage bags.

3. Current authoritarian banning of supermarket plastic shopping bags.

a/- Punitive pricing for thicker plastic shopping bags is enforced. These thicker plastic shopping bags are not as simple as the ones they are meant to replaced and cost more to manufacture.

b/- The use of cloth based shopping bags is promoted. Some food handlers complain that cloth based shopping bags may carry more bacteria causing food contamination.

4. Falsity of the current banning of supermarket plastic shopping bags.

a/- Plastic shopping bags floating in the seas come from somewhere else, not Australia [14-16].

b/- The production of alternative types of shopping bags may harm the environment more as it may require more energy, material (for thicker bags or for disinfectants) and land (for planting trees for paper and cloth based bags).

c/- Reusing bags to contain and carry food is not quite hygienic for shoppers.

d/- Not using thin plastic shopping bags requires more production of garbage bags whose production may cause additional harms to the environment.

e/- Biodegradable plastic shopping bags have been used in Vietnam even prior to 2010. Why cannot they be used in Australia, a more advanced nation?

5. More rational solution to the same problem.

Saving the ocean is an international task and should be done with international cooperation. I think that there should be an International body such as Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN to ask all nations to:

a/- Solve the pollution problems in order of priority: More plastic has been produced for excessive and unnecessary packaging of bottled water, take away food, take-away drink, fruits, vegetable, eggs, and for making single-use drinking straws and cutlery. Those plastic items may cause far more harmful pollution problem than that caused by the banned thin plastic shopping bags.

Currently garlic bulbs are sold in transparent thin flexible plastic boxes in Woolworth (in Melbourne, Australia) while sauces are served in plastic cups at take-away food shops (in Melbourne, Australia)!

Figure: Bottled water priced at $3.50 are in top of refrigerator.

Figure: An aluminium can of drink, a plastic straw and a red plastic lid for hot chips.

b/- Use only biodegradable plastic for shopping and garbage lining bags.

c/- Redesign garbage lining bags for dual use as shopping bags and for eventual role of garbage lining. This ensures that there is no wastage of material and energy for the manufacturing of bags.

d/- Require supermarkets to replace free of charge used shopping bags for new ones. This ensures that surplus used shopping bags are recycled and not wasted.

e/- Require thin supermarket shopping bags to be color coded to the national colors of the shoppers. For examples requiring Australian supermarkets to use bags with green lower half and yellow upper half (Australian Olympic color), Indonesian supermarkets to use plastic bag with white lower half and red upper half (Indonesian flag color), etc… This helps identifying the sources of those thin plastic bags that are currently floating in the oceans.

f/- Banning the use of non-biodegradable food wrappings on ships and boats. All plastic items on ships and boats must have incorporated identification markers traceable to the carrying vessels.

6. Conclusions.

The public will certainly support conservation measures. However the current ban on thin plastic shopping bags may be misguided and untimely. Many people may have to suspect that the ban is only a well camouflaged move for supermarkets to make more money on their sale of garbage liner bags.

References.

[1]. http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-12/sydney-harbour-hidden-plastics-threatening-endangered-turtles/8263368

[2]. https://ocean.org/stories/plastic-invasion/#plastic-ocean-video

[3]. http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/science-environment/2016/04/pulling-the-plug-on-plastic

[4]. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/great-pacific-garbage-patch/

[5]. https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/banning-single-use-plastic-shopping-bags/

[6]. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/woolworths-brings-forward-plastic-bag-ban

[7]. https://www.insideretail.com.au/news/victoria-to-ban-plastic-bags-next-year-201806

[8]. https://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/bringing-reusable-bags-has-been-a-challenge-woolworths-backflip-on-plastic-bags-20180629-p4zogb.html

[9]. https://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/coles-backs-down-on-giving-out-reusable-bags-for-free-20180705-p4zprs.html

[10]. https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/conservation/big-australian-retailers-are-refusing-to-axe-plastic-bags/news-story/7445f8b2e213cec79fc331fd0ec4a022

[11]. https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/retail/furious-shoppers-attack-supermarket-giant-as-plastic-bag-ban-comes-into-effect-today/news-story/d0effa1cf6cea481493aa6266a217303

[12]. https://www.cnet.com/au/news/woolworths-backflip-on-the-plastic-bag-ban-is-a-national-embarrassment/

[13]. http://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/transcripts/s4865151.htm

[14]. https://www.inquisitr.com/1840962/ocean-plastic-trash-china-is-the-worlds-leading-contributor/

[15]. http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/elist/eListRead/9_million_tons_of_plastic_waste_will_end_up_in_our_oceans_in_2015/

[16]. https://qz.com/342922/china-is-responsible-for-a-quarter-of-the-plastic-clogging-our-oceans/

[17]. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/23/biodegradable-plastic-false-solution-for-ocean-waste-problem

[18]. https://www.wired.com/2016/06/banning-plastic-bags-great-world-right-not-fast/

[19]. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/why-australia-may-not-be-ready-to-ban-plastic-bags

[20]. https://us-issues.com/2018/08/09/twelve-invisible-eco-catastrophes-and-threats-of-doom-that-are-actually-fake/

Added after 2018 September 20:

[21]. https://superforest.blog/2018/09/20/magical-plastic/

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