In Eric Bogle’s great anti-war song ‘The Band Played Waltzing Matilda’ his narrator “lived the free life of the rover From the Murray’s green basin to the dusty outback I waltzed my Matilda all over” before he was called, like hundreds of Irishmen, to fight at Gallipoli.
ONE of the great challenges around trying to slow climate change, to avert something pretty close to chaos for our grandchildren and their children, is to make the issue everyday: To make the struggle relevant and an active part of our lives.
As environmental groups warn that decisions must be made about the future of the country’s biggest power plant and biggest producer of greenhouse gases, the ESB has said it saves customers up to €200m a year in electricity bills.
Two articles, in the same edition of the (Irish Examiner, March 28) elegantly expose EirGrid’s dilemma in regard to the Government’s plan to meet EU 2020 targets for renewable energy by doubling the amount of on-shore wind power in the Irish system.
The gradual conversion of the country’s largest power station from coal to biomass would allow Ireland to meet its renewable energy targets “in one single stroke”, according to a British energy expert who completed a report for one of the country’s anti-pylon groups.
Many objections are being aired about the negative impact of the proliferating electricity pylons, considered necessary to expand our electricity grid, to accommodate the growing number of wind turbines. Further grid extensions to accommodate wind energy are also envisaged.