Last November the Liberal Party released a publication called The little book of big Labor waste, which you can gain access to here. Their introduction stated that:
The Coalition has today released a book listing the top 50 examples of Labor waste and mismanagement since the overnight coup that installed Julia Gillard as Prime Minister.
The little book of big Labor waste shows that waste and mismanagement was not just a feature of the Rudd Labor Government; it is also a hallmark of the Gillard Labor Government.
One of the initiatives they targeted as an example of Labor’s waste was this:
Hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars are going to promote the carbon tax to toddlers as part of Labor’s multi-million dollar carbon tax campaign. The Department of Climate Change has provided grants for:
1. $150,000 to Dirtgirlworld Productions Pty Ltd – producer of children’s television program popular with toddlers.
2. $200,000 to Green Cross Australia to run carbon tax ‘Show and Tell’ programs in primary schools.
Personally, I consider that spending money on climate change education in schools is money well spent. Let’s look at what’s happening in one particular school, in Perth, which sadly I am unable to name. The following text was taken from one of their student projects:
As you guys know, our school has two great sustainability projects:
- The solar panels.
- The wind turbine.
It’s your job to find out how they work and what they’re doing for our school.
The Solar Panels
The system here generates about 50kWh a day when it is sunny. Your average school uses about 100kWh a day. So this system generates about half our energy use when it is hot.
Here is the power production for Wednesday the 3rd of April. Look closely at the graph and how the power gets produced (graph removed as it names the school).
- Why do we need electricity?
- How do solar panels work? Why is the graph shaped like that?
- What kind of days should produce the most power and what time of year would be best?
- Describe renewable energy? Why is it important?
Here is our power production for the month of MARCH. Compare this to the climate data below for Perth for the same period (graph removed).
- Which day produced the most power and which produced the least?
- What was the average daily power production?
- Can you see any trends between power production and the weather data? If so explain them.
- How much total power did the panels produce in March?
Here is one of our power bills for mid-February to mid-March. This is about the same each year and close to the period covered by the graph above (bill removed, amount due was just under $10k).
- Assuming that our panels generate roughly half our electricity, how much money will we save for the month of March?
- Extrapolate this for the entire year and how much will we save?
Go to the Sunny portal website at (link removed). This shows our solar power production on the web. Log in to ‘our school’s’ website and answer the following:
- How much total energy have we produced?
- How much CO2 we’ve avoided.
- Why is it important to reduce our CO2 production?
This is a one kWh system and was connected at the same time the solar panels were. Study the power production graph below for the first half of March (graph removed).
- How many kW were produced for the 14 days of the graph?
- How much would this be for the month assuming the second half of March was the same?
- Does the wind turbine produce more or less power than the solar panels and what is the difference?
- Which days produced the most power and why? Do these days fit with the Perth weather data table above?
- Which days produced the last power and why?
- Is the any relationship or pattern between the best wind days and the best solar power days? How about the worst days?
- Is it the case that the wind turbine works best when the solar panels are at their worst? Explain.
- What can you say about the 6th, 11th and 12th of March in terms of power production?
- What have you learnt about these items in class?
- Do you have any other environmental measures at your school?
- Do you have any environmental programs at your school?
- What have you learnt about the environment at school?
- Why do you think we should take care of our environment?
- How do you think we could get more people to care about the environment and save water/energy?
- Why is saving energy/water important?
- How can you help your school to save energy/water?
- Which ideas could you use at home?
- Describe renewable energy? Why is it important?
- Do you have any handy hints for helping the environment.
Brilliant, isn’t it? But according to the LNP all this is a waste of taxpayer’s money. These initiatives are being undertaken by hundreds of schools around the country while the best Tony Abbott can do is wave a pensioner’s power bill in Parliament lamenting an increase due to that lousy ‘carbon tax’. Meanwhile, the people who don’t listen to Tony Abbott spend $50K on solar panels and reduce their electricity bill by $4.5k a month.
It’s good to see that not everybody is listening to Tony Abbott.