Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Climate action Australia – (nuclear has no role) – theme for February 2020

Bushfires have shamed the Morrison government into pretending that they care about climate change.

The task of adapting to climate change, and mitigating its effects is huge

Weaselly  coal lackeys like Scott Morrison must be held to account.

And, importantly, Dr Adi Paterson, ANSTO, and the rest of the nuclear schemers must be exposed and resisted.The nuclear industry has no role to play in Australia’s climate action. It is nothing but a dangerous distraction, and would be a shameful waste of tax-payers’money.

January 18, 2020 Posted by | Christina themes | Leave a comment

Nuclear waste could ruin Kimba, as asbestos ruined Wittenoom

Paul Waldon Fight To Stop A Nuclear Waste Dump In South Australia,17 Jan 2020

Is Nuclear the new Asbestos?

The naturally occurring mineral Asbestos was touted as miracle product used in clothing, building, toothpaste, eating utensils, just about anything and everything with the ignorance that fueled its demand. However the knowledge of its well known dangers were masked by the industry that prospered from its mining.

The story of Benjamin Franklin and his asbestos coin purse so money would not burn a hole in his pocket is well told, yet the taxpayers $31 million as a DIIS sweetener gifted to a community willing to embrace radioactive waste has at this moment started and will continue to erode the social structure, family ties, property values, tourism, the once good name of the town of Kimba, leaving the cancerous tumor that is a forever nuclear stigma.

January 18, 2020 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Scott Morrison probably intransigent on climate policy

If the bushfires won’t force climate policy change, we need to circumvent Scott Morrison. Guardian,  Lenore Taylor  The cabal of Coalition denialists calling the shots are still impervious to facts. But it’s not yet time to despair @lenoretaylor, Fri 17 Jan 202  It’s time to face a dreadful truth. If this bushfire crisis, this nation-wide trauma, can’t loosen the denialists’ grip on Coalition climate policy, then maybe nothing will.

That would mean everyone sifting through Scott Morrison’s verbiage for signs that he might really be intending to change direction is searching in vain, because he’s just trying to talk himself out of political trouble.

It would mean everyone patiently pointing out that the prime minister could quite easily “evolve” his current policies into something that actually reduced Australia’s greenhouse emissions could save their breath, because that isn’t the kind of evolution he is considering.

And it would mean there’s no point reprising the facts, that Australia’s emissions are flatlining, not falling, that we could seize an economic advantage in a low-carbon world and at the same time help the globe avoid the all too obvious costs of inaction. The Coalition cabal who apparently still call the shots thinks climate science is “voodoo”. They’re impervious to facts. They are already threatening, via anonymous quotes to the Australian, to “blow the place up”. Again. Just like they’ve been blowing up national climate action for more than a decade.

And as this week’s Guardian Essential poll showed, despite the widespread sense that the fires are a tipping point, despite global outrage at the self-defeating stupidity of our policies, despite the world’s largest fund manager ditching thermal coal, despite the wave of grief and anger from around the world – even from James Murdoch – it’s still not clear that Australian public opinion will force this government to change.

Sure, Morrison’s mishandling of this crisis has cost him. His overall approval ratings have dived but his numbers have held fairly steady in his base. The strategists – who always pay more heed to those numbers than to other benchmarks, like, say, a country in ashes – no doubt believe that, with enough confusing obfuscation about “meeting and beating” targets, enough revising of the figures, enough serious practical efforts to help burnt-out communities, and just enough rhetoric conceding the reality of global heating, all will be well in time, without promising to do anything about it. All will be well for the poll numbers that is. Not for the nation.

This is not, repeat not, an argument for abandoning the arguments in favour of climate action. It is not a counsel to cop out in despair. …………

Maybe, under the current political pressure, something will give. But we’ve been fooled before and there’s no time to be fooled again. So that means it’s time to think of ways around the federal Coalition’s intransigence, because those deniers will never be swayed, and we can’t allow them to dictate our future. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/17/if-the-bushfires-wont-force-climate-policy-change-we-need-to-circumvent-scott-morrison

January 18, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, politics | Leave a comment

Australia has a carbon industrial complex uniting government and greenhouse emitters

Fifty seven million ways the carbon industrial complex infects Australian politics

A closer look at how fossil fuel companies influence policy making shows that Australia has a carbon industrial complex uniting government and greenhouse emitters. BERNARD KEANE. JAN 14, 2020
 Fossil fuel companies and climate denialists have pumped at least $57 million into Australian politics in the last twenty years using our lax political donation laws, and the figure is likely significantly higher…. (subscribers only) https://www.crikey.com.au/2020/01/14/how-a-carbon-industrial-complex-shapes-australian-politics/

January 18, 2020 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

January 17 Energy News — geoharvey

Science and Technology: ¶ “Giant Jet Engines Aim To Make Our Flying Greener” • The aerospace industry is under pressure to reduce its environmental impact. Aircraft are getting more efficient, but airline traffic is growing even faster. Rolls-Royce has a solution, which involves building a much bigger, much more efficient jet engine. It is made […]

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Victoria’s power system is proving more resilient than people thought — RenewEconomy

The first half of summer suggests that the Victorian grid is already much more resilient that most commentators claim or foresaw. The post Victoria’s power system is proving more resilient than people thought appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Australia wind and solar investment plunges as Coalition turns blind eye to transition — RenewEconomy

Investment in large scale renewables in Australia slumped 60% in 2019 as Coalition turned a blind eye to needs of the clean energy transition. The post Australia wind and solar investment plunges as Coalition turns blind eye to transition appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Horizon Power looks to renewable hydrogen to power remote WA town of Denham — RenewEconomy

Remote coastal community of Denham may become host to one of Australia’s first hydrogen storage projects, as Horizon Power overhauls its electricity system. The post Horizon Power looks to renewable hydrogen to power remote WA town of Denham appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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How much does smoke haze affect rooftop solar production? — RenewEconomy

Solar monitoring company Solar Analytics has found that rooftop PV systems in Sydney and Canberra saw PV output plummet by 15 – 45% on heavy smoke haze days. The post How much does smoke haze affect rooftop solar production? appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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NSW flags imminent release of EV strategy, as feds ignore electric in auto transition report — RenewEconomy

New plan to encourage NSW drivers to adopt electric vehicles to be released soon by the NSW Liberal government, while federal Coalition ignores EVs in new auto industry report. The post NSW flags imminent release of EV strategy, as feds ignore electric in auto transition report appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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