Sunday smog…

Wood fire smog in Launceston today is no different from the 1960's smogs in Manchester and London, 1970's stink that was Los Angeles

The wood fire smog in Launceston today is no different from the 1960’s smogs in Manchester and London, then later the 1970’s and 80’s stink that was Los Angeles. The only difference is that the governments in both the U.K. and ┬áCalifornia realised that the smog that ‘progress’ had created cost the community more in health costs than the value of the industry that generated it. Industry and in the case of California the automobile manufacturers were told to clean up thier polluting products with stringent emissions controls. This rethink of the classic Yank tank was also prompted by an oil crisis that in many ways was caused by American conspicuous consumption, support of Israel and total denial of statehood for Palestine.

In Launceston we have no such excuses it’s now 2018 Governments pay mere lip service to harmful pollution, then pick up the tab for the unnecessary health costs. The only way around this conundrum is for a complete rethink of heating systems the costs and the suppliers of the power. Gas in some areas may be an answer but in the long term homes have to be retrofitted to become passive solar attractive and using batteries and or electric storage heaters for the times when the sun doesn’t shine…