Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Senate opens the door for nuclear developments

Senate opens the door for nuclear developments: From ENuFF[SA]

https://www.facebook.com/sanuclearfree/13 Feb 20

February 11 2020
Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (16:12): I move:
That the Senate:

(a) affirms its commitment to a complete moratorium on nuclear energy, as expressed in the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998 and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999;

(b) notes the devastating and lasting impacts of the nuclear disasters in Fukushima, Chernobyl and Three Mile Island; and

(c) call on all Ministers to commit to Australia being a nuclear-free zone.

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DIVISION:NOES 35 (6 majority) AYES 29 PAIRS 6

Question negatived.
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Rex Patrick voted No
P Wong paired

https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A“chamber%2Fhansards%2Fc220a265-e5aa-42c9-8cd9-19390fabb066%2F0127”

February 12, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics | Leave a comment

#ScottyFromMarketing ‘s bushfire inquiry studiously ‘ignores’ carbon emissions

February 12, 2020 Posted by | ACT, climate change - global warming, politics | 1 Comment

MPs Andrew Wilkie and George Christensen to UK to help free Julian Assange

MPs take Assange freedom campaign to UK 

https://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/mps-take-assange-freedom-campaign-to-uk/news-story/633a9baa272bd155623423565e86e6b4 12 Feb 20, 
Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie and Queensland Nationals MP George Christensen will travel to the United Kingdom to lobby for Julian Assange’s freedom
Paul Osborne, Two Australian politicians will travel to the UK this weekend at their own expense to visit Julian Assange in jail and seek his release.

Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie and Queensland Nationals MP George Christensen, who chair a parliamentary group in support of the WikiLeaks founder, will pay a visit to Belmarsh Prison near London and lobby the British government.

Assange is set to face trial on February 24 to determine whether he should be extradited to the US, where he has been charged with 17 counts of spying and one count of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.

February 12, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, civil liberties, politics international | Leave a comment

5.2-magnitude earthquake near Fukushima

February 12, 2020 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

New Resources Minister Keith Pitt ignores renewables, pushes for more coal, gas and uranium exports

February 12, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, politics | Leave a comment

Despite historically low uranium prices, nuclear power cannot compete

February 12, 2020 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

South Australia’s renewable energy future hampered by lack of electricity infrastructure

South Australia’s renewable energy future hampered by lack of electricity infrastructure https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-11/sa-renewables-future-hampered-lack-of-instructure/11935392

By Emma Pedler and Lucy Robinson   South Australia’s drive to be the national leader in renewable energy is being hampered by infrastructure unable to support the future growth potential, according to economist Ross Garnaut.

Key points:

  • A lack of infrastructure is undermining SA’s goal to lead the nation in renewable energy, experts say
  • A windfarm that was approved almost 20 years ago was never developed because of a lack of support for large-scale operations
  • State officials say a proactive approach to infrastructure would attract businesses and create jobs

Dr Garnaut highlighted the Eyre Peninsula and Spencer Gulf as two of the regions most likely to be able to both create renewable energy and house the industries that want to use it.

But he said the region would not be able to capitalise on opportunities without high voltage transmission infrastructure similar to the interconnector recently approved to link SA and New South Wales.

“We need lots more of that kind of infrastructure … so that we can bring together at single points a range of high quality wind and high quality solar, so that we can balance the requirements of different parts of the region,” he said Continue reading

February 12, 2020 Posted by | energy, South Australia | 1 Comment

Correcting Anti-Renewable Energy Propaganda

February 12, 2020 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Australia’s global opportunity to lead on solar power

Australia should be leading the way on solar power  https://www.crikey.com.au/2020/02/12/daily-fix-solar-power/ We have sunshine falling on vast areas of land that are too hot and dry to be productive in other ways, and we have the scientists and engineers to develop and apply the best available technology.

February 12, 2020 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Zali Steggall’s climate Bill, Labor’s befuddlement on coal

February 12, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, politics | Leave a comment

#ScottyFromMarketing and his crew – blind to the economics of renewable energy

Sydney Morning Herald 10th Feb 2020, One of the greatest frustrations as a scientist is to see interpretations of data misrepresented by politicians. Unfortunately in Australia, much of this bluster has come from the far-right side of conservatives, part of our broad church, whose members have traditionally prided themselves on prudence and level-headedness.
I am a solar photovoltaic scientist and engineer of more than 20 years’ experience and a director of Coalition for Conservation, a movement of grassroots conservative Coalition members who support greater action on climate change, and I have heard it all: from John Howard’s comments that “solar and wind can only be useful on themargins” to Tony Abbott’s description of wind turbines as “dark satanic mills”.
Sadly, last Friday, Scott Morrison and Michael McCormack
were at it again, warning that increased climate action would lead to
“higher taxes and higher electricity prices” and implying it was the
desire only of “those in the inner city”. Of course, this is nothing
more than marketing fluff. You could be forgiven for thinking that they
must have missed the memo on the record take-up of ultra-cheap solar and
wind power, now generating nearly 20 per cent of Australia’s electricity
supply, with more than 50 per cent renewables expected by 2030.

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/coalition-wilfully-blind-to-economics-of-renewables-20200209-p53z4m.html

February 12, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, energy, politics | Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: What Is Happening to Assange Will Happen to the Rest of Us — Rise Up Times

“The publication of classified documents is not yet a crime in the United States. If Assange is extradited and convicted, it will become one.”

via Chris Hedges: What Is Happening to Assange Will Happen to the Rest of Us — Rise Up Times

February 12, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

February 12 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “Is This The Start Of An Aviation Revolution?” • Electric flight has been around since the 1970s, but it’s been limited to light-weight experimental planes. But as the threat posed by the climate crisis deepens, there has been renewed interest in developing electric passenger aircraft as a way of reducing emissions and airline […]

via February 12 Energy News — geoharvey

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Energy Insiders Podcast: There’s no “new normal” in climate change — RenewEconomy

ANU’s Mark Howden explains why we have a climate crisis, not an emergency, and why we shouldn’t expect a “new normal” in climate change. The post Energy Insiders Podcast: There’s no “new normal” in climate change appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Energy Insiders Podcast: There’s no “new normal” in climate change — RenewEconomy

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Rooftop solar makes flying start to 2020 with 33 per cent boost in January — RenewEconomy

No long summer break for rooftop solar, with another 206MW of residential and commercial systems registered in January – usually a quiet month on the solar calendar. The post Rooftop solar makes flying start to 2020 with 33 per cent boost in January appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Rooftop solar makes flying start to 2020 with 33 per cent boost in January — RenewEconomy

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