Magazine article New Internationalist


Magazine article New Internationalist


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Praise, blame and all points in between? Give us your feedback.

The New Internationalist welcomes your letters. But please keep them short. They might be edited for purposes of space or clarity. Letters should be sent to or to your local NI office. Please remember to include a town and country for your address.

Bailing out

Your Country Profile on Fiji (NI 509) misreported Pope John Paul II's words from 1986. He did not say 'Fiji. The way the world should be.' That's a glib tourism slogan we've used for years. He said, 'Fiji is a symbol of hope for the world.' (I was a Fiji Times reporter covering the visit all those years ago.)

Generally, however, the article is on track. On the sugar industry it's not that production can't meet demand (that would tend to raise prices). It's that our production costs exceed the world market price and, now we no longer have subsidies from the EU, Fiji farmers cannot make money producing sugar. Everyone's offering the farmers bailouts now but that's only to get their votes in the 2018 election. What will happen after that?

Richard Naidu Fiji

The true price

The letter 'Unwarranted hyperbole?' (NI 509) implies electricity cost in South Australia is made higher by renewable energy targets. So far this summer, wind, solar and the Tesla large storage battery, to the contrary, are putting downward pressure on wholesale energy prices.

Do not dismiss as 'emotive' or 'unwarranted hyperbole' concerns raised over Adani proposals for the creation of a new mega-coalmine. Choosing to ignore legitimate alarm bells prompted by this high risk proposal and playing down proven links between coal burning and catastrophic climate change cannot alter outcomes.

Coalmines are profit based, not social welfare organizations. The idea coal power can do anything to help ordinary people in India or anywhere is an illusion. Coal-fired power stations require expensive centralized distribution networks and are capital-intensive to build and maintain, tying up public and private investment resources for years into the future. Coal generation also guzzles scarce potable water, all the while producing well-documented serious health, social and environmental impacts.

Colin Imrie Mudgee, Australia.

The limits of tolerance

Re: And finally..., NI 508. …

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