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Renewable energy – Australia’s opportunity

Australia has larger potential resources of renewable energy than any other country. We have abundant sunshine, wind, geothermal and tidal power. The great positive is that we can harness these over the next decade or two to supply most or all of our electricity and perhaps also enough to run our transport systems. We might even be able to export renewable energy

Climate change: the biggest campaign gaffe, Sydney Morning Herald, Barrie Pittock, August 20, 2010 –  Climate change is costing us now – and it’s both a challenge and an opportunity – but you wouldn’t know it from the election campaign.

This election campaign has put little focus on climate change policies. What has been said is mostly negative. We are told that climate change could have dire consequences in 2030, 2050 or 2100, and that action now would be costly – more ”big new taxes”.

But climate change is costing us now. And it is both a challenge and an opportunity. Already there are increases in the frequency and severity of extreme events such as Hurricane Katrina, drought in Australia, heat waves in Europe, Australia, the US and Russia, floods in China and Pakistan, and massive forest fires costing many lives. Coastal development is being affected by justified caution regarding sea-level rise, with new restrictions on subdivisions and development. Climate policy is thus not something to be deferred to the next election or the one after. It is a matter for action now.

Australia has larger potential resources of renewable energy than any other country. We have abundant sunshine, wind, geothermal and tidal power. The great positive is that we can harness these over the next decade or two to supply most or all of our electricity and perhaps also enough to run our transport systems. We might even be able to export renewable energy as electricity or hydrogen gas, as we do with natural gas now.
Cost per kilowatt-hour for renewable electricity is rapidly going down with new proven and developing technologies, while the cost of fossil fuel energy is rising, especially with growing Australian and global oil shortages…. A national grid would enable development in many remote communities, linking remote geothermal and other resources……

Climate change: the big campaign miss | Barrie Pittock

August 20, 2010 - Posted by | climate change - global warming, General News, solar, wind | , , , , ,

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