Reading today’s Age, I noticed that one of the ideas we have been deliberating about quite a lot at home seems to have been sorted out for us.
You may remember we were considering installing solar panels on our roof. While the cost is quite prohibitive at north of $10,000 (a typical installation is around $13,500), this is offset a bit by a government rebate of $8000, which – for the record – still does not make the installation of the panels a financially viable investment.
Well, today’s paper says that Peter Garrett, the former singing environmentalist turned poodle, has “announced in the budget that from yesterday only households earning less than $100,000 would qualify for the rebate.” No need to worry about the government’s environmental credentials, though: while it had “delayed the start of a promised $500 million renewable energy fund until 2009-10”, it had also “accelerated spending from a similar fund dedicated to experimental clean-coal research”.
That’s it, then, as far as us toying with the idea of solar panels. Anyone who earns less than $100K wouldn't be bothered with solar panels anyway because they won't be able to afford it, so unless you're a company or a school no one would buy them now.
If anyone was wondering why this blog is called Going Down, there you have it: that is where all of us are heading. No one is really interested in addressing global warming; the powers that be are still very much on business as usual mode, whether it’s the Liberals or Labor who are officially in charge.
I’m seriously contemplating joining the Greens. It’s not like I agree with everything they do and the way they do things, but they’re the closest I am aware of to having an organization that actually does something worthwhile.