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Australia’s Liberal Coalition will govern in the interests of fossil fuel lobby

The document says the Coalition would look into formalising the sale of uranium to India, and would also examine the potential use of thorium as an Thorium-pie-in-skyenergy source, noting that Australia possesses an estimated 18.7% (489,000t) of the world’s identified resources.

Liberal-policy-1Coalition energy document focuses almost entirely on fossil fuels   theguardian.com, Thursday 5 September 2013  Only reference to Australia’s $20bn renewable industry is repeat of promise to hold another investigation into the health impacts of wind farms.

The Coalition on Thursday unveiled its new energy and resources document, which focuses almost entirely on fossil fuel developments, promising to restore coal-fired power stations to profitability, boost exploration for oil and gas, and to produce another “white paper” on energy.

Other proposals in the document prepared by opposition energy spokesman Ian Macfarlane include an investigation into the use of thorium as a potential energy source of the future, and support mechanisms for the use of LNG as a transport fuel……..

the repeat of a promise made last December to hold yet another investigation into the health impacts of wind farms, and confirmation of a previously leaked commitment to require “real time” monitoring of wind turbine noise – a move that wind energy groups say would involve “crippling” costs.

There is no mention of renewables – least of all the “solar revolution” that state energy ministers admit is sweeping the country.

However, separate costing documents reveal sharp cuts to renewable support measures. This includes stripping the Australian Renewables Energy Agency of $150m over three years to fund the Coalition’s million solar roofs program, cutting a planned $40m program to support geothermal and ocean energy developments in regional towns, and cutting $185m from a “connecting renewables” program designed to support transmission infrastructure for renewables. The million solar roofs program – targeted for low income earners – will now feature a $500 rebate instead of a $1,000 rebate because of the fall in the cost of solar PV modules.

wind-farm-evil-1On wind, the energy document – in an apparent gesture towards the anti-wind members of its constituency – says: “Some members of public have serious concerns over the potential impacts of wind farms on the health of people living in their vicinity…….

The renewables industry has previously said that real-time monitoring would impose unbearable costs on the wind industry, and would be almost useless because of the inability to separate other noise in real-time.

Despite the fact that there have been 19 separate studies into wind farm health, including one by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Coalition said it would establish either an independent NHMRC research program or an independent expert panel to examine and determine any actual or potential health effects of wind farms.

A previous study by the NHMRC in 2010 found that “there are no direct pathological effects from wind farms and that any potential impact on humans can be minimised by following existing planning guidelines”. A Senate inquiry into wind farm health fell largely along party lines, although it said it was unable to establish a direct link between ill health and the noise generated by wind farms.

The Coalition has said that the inquiry would be made in response to demands from anti-wind senators John Madigan and Nick Xenophon, who may hold the balance of power in a new Senate………

The document says the Coalition would look into formalising the sale of uranium to India, and would also examine the potential use of thorium as an energy source, noting that Australia possesses an estimated 18.7% (489,000t) of the world’s identified resources.

“The primary source of thorium in Australia and globally is the mineral monazite. Thorium can be used as an alternative source of fuel for energy generation and possesses an energy content that can be utilised almost in its entirety,” it says. Thorium is often touted as a future energy source, although most experts say it is decades away from deployment…….

Leigh Ewbank from Friends of the Earth’s Yes 2 Renewables initiative says the anti-wind farm stance of some Coalition members is out of touch with mainstream views.

“All available public polling shows strong public support for wind farms,” says Ewbank. “The Coalition desperately needs to make a wind energy friendly policy announcement to reaffirm its commitment to Australia’s most affordable renewable energy source.” http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/05/coalition-energy-document-focuses-almost-entirely-on-fossil-fuels

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September 7, 2013 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, election 2013, politics

2 Comments »

  1. By increased mining of uranium and proliferation of nuclear power plants thence nuclear weapons and mass nuclear poison waste, we are risking the retaliation by NATURE via cylones, earthquakes, spread of deadly diseases, possible race war.
    Those who exploit folly of extreme environmental damage and maniacal nuclear terrorism
    are sure to violate the Law of NATURE which stresses humbleness and gentleness.

    Comment by No Nukes Australia | September 8, 2013 | Reply

  2. By increased mining of uranium and proliferation of nuclear power plants thence nuclear weapons and mass nuclear poison waste, we are risking the retaliation by NATURE via cylones, earthquakes, spread of deadly diseases, possible race war.
    Those who exploit and export extreme environmental damage and maniacal nuclear terrorism
    are sure to violate the Law of NATURE which stresses humbleness and gentleness.

    Comment by NoNukes | September 8, 2013 | Reply


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