Australian news, and some related international items

Bill Shorten ambivalent at the least, about Australia importing nuclear waste

Shorten,-Bill-glowBill Shorten signals he may be open to supporting high level nuclear waste dump for SA, ABC News By Michael Coggan 17 Feb 2016, Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has given qualified support for the establishment of a multi-billion-dollar nuclear waste storage repository in South Australia.

Key points:

  • Bill Shorten may back a high-level nuclear waste dump in SA if economics and safeguards stack up
  • Labor has traditionally opposed an expansion of the nuclear industry
  • Mr Shorten says issue must not be consigned to the “too-hard basket”

Traditionally, Labor has opposed the expansion of the nuclear industry.

The Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Cycle released tentative findings yesterday that suggested South Australia stood to reap $5 billion a year if it established a “high-level” nuclear waste facility.

The early findings suggest that nuclear power generation is not viable in the short term.

In response to the nuclear waste dump option, Mr Shorten said “on this question, (SA Premier) Jay Weatherill and I are of one mind”.…….

Bill Shorten refuses to back South Australian nuclear probe, THE Australian 10 Feb 15   BILL Shorten has refused to back the South Australian Labor government’s proposal to investigate nuclear energy. …..

spokesman for the federal ­Opposition Leader said he would not support the inquiry, and the ALP had a “longstanding position on nuclear power based on the best available expert advice”.

Labor has maintained consistent opposition to the establishment of nuclear power plants and all other stages of the nuclear fuel cycle. It is also “strongly opposed” to the importation and storage of nuclear waste sourced from overseas in Australia……

June 11, 2016 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, election 2016, politics | Leave a comment

Climate change action can’t wait until the 2020 election: it’s critical NOW

Australia's politiciansThis Is The Climate Change Election, Despite What Turnbull Or Shorten Say NewMatilda,     June 10, 2016 Both parties are ignoring the big, coal-coloured elephant in the room. With the world speeding towards a tipping point, action can not wait for the next election cycle to begin, writes Costa Avgoustinos.

Climate change is the number one issue this election, whether Turnbull or Shorten are willing to frame it that way or not. This is not only because averting climate disaster is important. It’s because our ability to do so is time-sensitive – after decades of delay the window for effective climate action is closing rapidly and will soon shut forever.

Here is a quick and dirty summary of the climate science: If the world heats up 1.5°C, we’re screwed.

Why? Because it is expected at this “tipping point”, how hot things get begins to significantly fall from our control. A series of events we have no power over are triggered once 1.5°C is breached – for example, the ability of oceans and forests to absorb our carbon emissions are substantially exhausted and greenhouse gases currently trapped under ice start being released.

We may soon be placed in a position where all we can do is powerlessly watch as temperatures climb to Mad Max levels; where sea rises will gobble at our coasts (where 85 per cent of Australians live), food and water sources are devastated, heat-thriving diseases are incubated, and conflicts and a meaner streak of politics are inevitable.

Because politicians are not taking the task of staying below the Paris Agreement target of 1.5°C seriously, many predict we are “locking in” temperature rises of 4°C, which Professor John Schellnhuber, one of the world’s most influential climate scientists, bluntly stated at a conference in Australia would threaten nothing less than “human civilisation”.

The World Bank, hardly an organisation of tree huggers, stated “all our work, all our thinking, is designed with the threat of a 4°C degree world in mind” with the unnerving warning that there is “no certainty that adaptation to a 4°C world is possible”………..

Both the Coalition and Labor stoke and exploit our psychological blindspot, the difficulty we all have in seeing the climate crisis for the danger that it is, to get us talking about what they want us to consider an emergency. Don’t let them do it. This election, vote for climate action and against new coal mines. It is literally the most critical issue on the table, and its time is now.

June 11, 2016 Posted by | election 2016 | Leave a comment

Australians must stand up against nuclear waste dumping

text don't nuclear waste  10 June 16 Hawker gets announced as a place to dump, probably to ‘soften’ up public reaction when other LOCATIONS are selected, as Hawker is seen by many as the ‘Gateway’ to the relatively pristine Flinders Ranges.

For all ‘Australians,’ who think they have a say in this matter, consider the obvious:
1) Chosen to mine uranium
2) Enriched it to use, while benefiting profiteers in the nuclear arms proliferation
3) Possibly benefiting their industrial economies, but
5) Now seek a cheap solution to dump it here.

Providing this cheap solution will lead to proliferation of an already obsolete industry to generate electricity.

The reality is most plants of anything usually are not reliably run for more than 50-60 years, even systems of government barely last centuries, this toxic crap will be around for many thousands of years!

How many Fukushimas & Chernobyls do we need to realise nuclear fission is not a ‘clean technology,’ nor is it an overall an atmospheric ‘CO2 friendly’ one as they claim to be.

Now, the places that have used nuclear will eventually become ‘Nuclear Free’ by dumping their decommissioned nuclear plants & waste here, spoiling our ‘Nuclear Free,’ status. Decommissioning nuclear is Govt policy in many countries that are genuine world leaders in social development, for everybody. Like the unbearable unmonitored pollution Government have imposed through & over Sold-Out-Salisbury, those adversely affected have NO say, & the amount of waste destined to be dumped here once allowed, will be beyond belief.

It is a ‘no-brainer’ to me, but from Sold-Out-Salisbury, the ‘true’ Australian Leadershit shows itself yet again. The true ‘Australians’ have realised this the day ‘foreign interests’ colonised the place.

Another thought, had they burnt coal to power their countries, the disgusting reality would have become so overbearingly obvious that the CO2icide would have HAD to been addressed decades sooner.

When will people wake up to the bullshit & demand better? Yes, I am still stupid enough to think we have a choice, but we do, if more bother to stick up for themselves…

June 11, 2016 Posted by | opposition to nuclear, wastes | Leave a comment

Melbourne’s world first renewable energy project

solar cityClimate change: Melbourne renewable energy project provides global blueprint

The project, which would create a guaranteed market for renewable energy, aims to reduce city’s annual emissions by 138,000 tonnes a year, Guardian, David Sparkes   10 June 16,  “……… major cities around the world are watching closely to see if Melbourne’s strategy could become a blueprint for them to follow.

The Melbourne renewable energy project, conceived and managed by the city council, has been two years in the making. Thirteen major institutions operating in the city have formed a consortium that will sign an agreement to purchase a large chunk of their electricity from a new large-scale renewable energy project.

The consortium members are the city of Melbourne, Australia Post, National Australia Bank, the University of Melbourne, RMIT, data centre operator NEXTDC, Zoos Victoria, the city of Port Phillip, Moreland city council, the city of Yarra, Citywide, Melbourne convention and exhibition centre and Bank Australia. If the project goes ahead, it will reduce Melbourne’s carbon emissions by 138,000 tonnes per year……..

The strategy is revolutionary, as it is the first time in Australia that a group of buyers has joined forces to purchase large-scale renewable energy. In fact, the council says it is not aware of a similar model anywhere in the world, especially under the leadership of a city council………

June 11, 2016 Posted by | energy, Victoria | Leave a comment