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Kazzi Jai reports on the latest Senate hearing on Nuclear Waste Amendment Bill

 
Kazzi Jai Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste In The Flinders Ranges, 28 Aug 20, I will try and keep this summation as brief as possible regarding the Senate Hearing with DIIS this morning.
In DIIS’s opening statement, Sam Chard stressed that “No community consultation is required by legislation”. This became a RECURRENT claim by Sam Chard (Sam Reinhardt said very little for the whole hearing). Seems they found a new catch phrase.
Senator Patrick was less than impressed by the hiding behind the confidentiality of “frankness and candor” claim between DIIS and Minister’s dealings which was used in the tabled documents from last hearing, regarding discussions about the amendments to the Bill.
Senator McAllister questioned why the legislation does not address the types of waste involved LLW and ILW – it is simply denoted as “nuclear waste” – why is there no distinction noted in legislation?
Then went onto what is DIIS going to do with ILW? According to Sam Chard AFTER the LLW is dealt with at the new facility, then ANSTO and CSIRO are going to work on developing a permanent disposal plan for ILW, through the ARWA, as a Research and Development project.
(This is interesting since CSIRO has so many Government cuts in funding, and ANSTO is keen to get the waste off their own books – do you think the Government is going to be in a hurry to deal with it any time soon?).
Anyway, ARWA will eventually become a non-corporate entity under its own legislation – which should happen down the track…Sam Chard is currently the General Manager for ARWA, and there will eventually be a CEO appointed. But currently right now it is under DIIS. (Sam Chard is now the General Manager for ARWA and Sam Reinhardt is now General Manager for DIIS).
Senator Antic ran through the numbers of jobs with Sam Chard – 45 jobs of which 34 will come from the “existing local community” and 11 will come from “outside”…..Then Sam Chard went on to talk about AWRA with 35 FTE for 2022/23 …I will leave the details for the hansard transcript, I believe it was 14 security + 13 waste handling + 8 site management+ 5 environmental protection + 5 radioactive protection for the NRWMF… but for AWRA “roughly” CEO + 16 safety and tech + 10 corporate engagement + 7 construction and engineering and 2 of these would be in the Kimba community (that doesn’t add up to 35…so wait for hansard!)
Then a long talk about maritime workers and Port Kembla and the number of shipments predicted for TN-81 “flask” as Sam Chard called it. Have had 10 x shipments since 1963 with no safety incidents for shipments of spent nuclear fuel to go overseas for reprocessing. Expect the reprocessed spent fuel waste to be returned every decade or two decades.
Senator Gallacher asked about Community Engagement with regard to the changes of Schedules for the Bill – and was told that the Department released an Explanatory Memorandum which would be understood by a layperson…. and that the community fund would be enshrined, and the site selection would be scrutinized.
He then ask if it was a one way investment to get a yes vote? He said it was the Department’s duty to present facts and information. The Dept said that they indeed facilitated David Sweeney, Peter Karamoskos, Margaret Beavis and Victor Gostin through webinars.
His last comment was to ask if the Dept as public servants believed they delivered a Fair and Equitable proposal without fear or favour to the community – which Sam Chard answered yes.
Senator Patrick asked Sam Chard some details of her answers from the last Hearing….which had changed in the interim through letters submitted regarding clarification between the Senate and the Department. All centres around whether it was intentional to remove scrutiny and judicial review through not using section 14 of the current act.
He got somewhat heated by reminding DIIS that their obligation is to tell the truth and not to protect the Minister!
Again, Sam Chard invoked her go to answer…”No requirement for community consultation under legislation” which is the 2012 Act…and I “believe” she added that even under judicial review “community consultation” would not be entertained because it was not stated in legislation!
That’s where the BREAK suddenly occurred for “technical reasons”….
Back on board, Senator Patrick reiterated that the Amendments seek to deny people the judicial review right which stand under the current Bill. That, Senator Patrick said, the Minister in first documents published set up framework under his Ministerial word that there was a commitment for community consultation.
Again Sam Chard said “Community consultation was not a requirement under legislation”..
Senator Patrick reiterated that under Common Law people are allowed confidence and trust.
Sam Chard said that the Bill under its current form gives no provision for community fund and that it was a commitment of the Minister and that the COMMUNITY WANTED [?] the fund enshrined in legislation.
Senator McAllister addressed again details about the permanent siting of the ILW. Was told that there are few precedences for what is Australia’s situation.
That Australia DOES NOT produce HLW, whereas ILW in other parts of the world is coupled with HLW…
Sam Chard talked about LLW (quantity wise – NOTE not radioactive wise) constituting 3/4 of holding and that International Best Practise and International Obligations and Safe and Secure requirements give the facility a substantive purpose.
ILW constitues 1/4 of holdings and…. 96% is solid and constitutes gloves/gowns and building rubble….3% is liquid which will be put into “vitrified glass being synroc”…and 1% TN-81 cask….on a Temporary Basis at the facility.
The aim is to co-locate the ILW with the LLW and the waste from 100 different locations around Australia. That “we” have made commitment that there would be no liquid waste at the facility.
ANSTO provided advice that their storage facilities would be COMPLETELY FULL BY 2030 (which by the way is ONLY partly true, but forgot to include that all they would need to do is apply for licencing and building of more storage in Lucas Heights, which ARPANSA already has said would be granted!!)
That the regulatory approvals and availability for proposed Kimba Facility would run VERY CLOSE to the 2030 deadline!
Senator Patrick then addressed whether there were settled transport routes – there aren’t!
Senator Gallacher asked if there was a specialisd transport function involved, whereupon Sam Chard answered that waste and nuclear material is transported by road and rail methodologies done every day. (side stepped the question – what a surprise).Senator Gallacher “assumed” it was not an issue – which Sam Chard did not correct or add to.
So if you got to the end of this summation – congratulations!
Please make sure you read the ACTUAL transcript when it is released, because all of my notations will probably make more sense!!
This was totally my understanding of what happened today, from my own notes, and is in no way a COMPLETE record of what went down, but only to give an overview for those who requested it! Hope it makes sense! https://www.facebook.com/groups/941313402573199

August 29, 2020 Posted by | Federal nuclear waste dump, politics | Leave a comment

Peter Remta comments on the answers given to the Senate Committee Inquiry into the Nuclear Waste Bill

 

Is there a solution?
Yes
1 Simply ignore the dubious results of the ballot last year and hold a fresh ballot with a wider voting base and full explanations of both sides of the issue to be voted on so that it becomes a much stronger and properly informed decision
by the voting community……

3.. The immediate withdrawal or suspension of the parliamentary consideration of the proposed legislation the subject of the committee’s inquiry.

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These are draconian legislative changes intended to reduce the risks of hindering or stopping the facility’s establishment by the government which should probably be achieved by those changes but this is not the way that
Australia’s democratic and judicial process should be used.

What is being proposed by the bill is really little different to the autocratic and severely harsh prescriptions of notorious dictators which effectively removed he rule of law as we understand that concept. 

To make the situation even more ludicrous is that it is being left to a small community with a dubiously interpreted voting majority and insufficient knowledge and advice to effectively determine one of the most important issues to confront this country.

The department now claims that 39 of the 45 positions will be at Kimba who will all apparently be permanent residents as there will not be any fly-in/fly-out positions

It is quite meaningless for the department to conclude that the proposed facility to centralise and modernise radioactive waste management in Australia according to international best practice as already at this stage there is a failure to comply with the international prescriptions for that purpose which may no doubt jeopardise the licensing of the facility.

resolution was put by councillor G J Baldock whose family are the owners of Napandee which is one of the two sites at Kimba accepted for nomination and this must surely be a serious breach of conflict and pecuniary interest by him which would have completely excluded him from any involvement in the relevant discussions and voting on the motion.

Peter Remta, 21 Aug 20, SENATE COMMITTEE INQUIRY – NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT AMENDMENT (SITE SPECIFICATION, COMMUNITY FUND AND OTHER MEASURES) BILL 2020
My comments primarily relate to the written answers by the Department of Industry Science Energy and Resources to the questions put on notice at the Senate committee hearing on 30 June 2020

7. Answer to Question by Senator Hanson-Young:
Question:
What does ANSTO understand is the proportion of your waste that would make up what is stored at the Kimba site?
Answer:
As per the Australian Radioactive Waste Management Framework dated April 2018, it is anticipated that the wastes resulting from ANSTO’s operations and nuclear medicine production will account for approximately 78 per
cent* of all wastes that would be managed at the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF).

*This figure is subject to revision as more information becomes available.. Continue reading

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Liberal govt to transfer national environmental protection to the States – open slather for BHP’s uranium mine expansion

State control of EPBC Approvals is proposed through use of unenforceable “Bilateral Agreement” instruments, with little or no State law in place to even reflect the requirements of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation  Act.

ARPANSA Codes can reflect vested nuclear industry practices rather than best scientific evidentiary standards.

Australia already has a failing record in regulation of uranium mining, in environmental protection and mine rehabilitation issues. Transferring Approvals to States and use of ARPANSA Codes in graded assessments will further compromise environmental protection standards and practise.

Federal fast track of BHP’s Olympic Dam mine expansion already raises serious concern that credible assessment of key feasible public interest Alternatives to BHP’s mine proposal will be compromised:

If passed by the Senate, the transfer of EPBC Act Approval powers to the State of SA will fatally compromise the integrity of Approval Conditions to BHP’s Olympic Dam uranium mine expansion.

 

Liberal’s to transfer EPBC Act Approval of uranium mining to States & Territories, using ARPANSA Codes as a ‘National Standard’, fails the public interest test
Briefing by Independent Environment Campaigner David Noonan – 28 August 2020

The federal Liberal gov’s “Streamlining Environmental Approvals Bill” amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) in a flawed and controversial response to the Samuel Review EPBC Act Interim Report. Any EPBC legislation must await the Final Report and not pre-empt development of credible “National Standards” for real environmental protection.

The national interest in EPBC Act protection of Matters of National Environmental Significance (NES) is at risk. Significant concern exists over proposed ‘devolution’ (transfer) of EPBC Act Approval powers to States and Territories. State Approvals of major resource, mining and development projects are mired in ‘conflict of interest’, corporate influence and vested – not public – interests.

This Briefing focuses on EPBC Act “Protection of the Environment from Nuclear Actions” Section 21 & 22 controlled actions in uranium mining and milling. In this case, the EPBC Act protected Matter of NES is “the environment” – requiring “whole of environment” scope of impact assessments.

The Samuel Review, Box 12 Nuclear activities (p.52) states: “To be able to ensure community confidence in these ‘nuclear’ activities, the Commonwealth should maintain the capacity to intervene. To achieve this, the key reform directions proposed by the Review are:

• The National Environmental Standards for MNES should include one for nuclear actions. To provide community confidence, the Standard should reflect the regulatory guidelines and protocols of all relevant national laws and requirements.”

However, the Samuel Review (p.110) specifies inadequate ARPANSA Codes as a ‘National Standard’ for nuclear action assessments; OR use of State frameworks judged compliant with these Codes.

In addition, “graded” (limited) assessments as set out in ARPANSA Codes are to replace the scope of “whole of environment” impact assessments for nuclear actions – including for uranium mining.

This Briefing presents an initial critique of the proposed transfer of EPBC Act Approval powers to the States and of the use of ARPANSA Codes as a National Standard for uranium mining nuclear actions. Continue reading

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You can have four more years of Trump, or you can have a habitable planet. But you can’t have both.

Climate Apocalypse Now, Maybe it’s just a failure of human imagination to understand what is coming, Rolling Stone, By JEFF GOODELL   28 Aug 20

I’m not a religious person, or someone who sees messages written in clouds, but if I were, I might believe that Mother Nature is trying to tell President Donald Trump something right now. California is burning, a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 150 mph just blasted into the Louisiana coast, and nearly 180,000 are reported dead from a viral outbreak that is just a harbinger of what one scientist calls “a new pandemic era” driven in part by our changing climate and wanton destruction of ecosystems. But on the eve of Trump’s big speech to accept the Republican nomination, if Mother Nature had a voice, I imagine she would say something like this: Pay attention to me, asshole, or you — and every generation of humans to come — will regret it.
Despite what Mike Pence says, there are no miracles in America, or anywhere else. We humans are on our own. If we fuck this up, it’s on us.

And, of course, we are fucking it up. We are heating up the planet so fast that large parts of it will be uninhabitable by the end of the century. We are amping up storms like Hurricane Laura — it is the strongest storm to hit the Louisiana coast since 1856 — and turning the Gulf Coast into a shooting gallery — which city is going to get hit next? New Orleans? Houston? Tampa? Miami? They are all living on borrowed time. And it’s not just the hurricanes: As Greenland melts and Antarctica falls into the Southern Ocean, they will be swamped by rising seas, as will virtually every other low-lying city in the world. The rich will huddle behind sea walls; the poor will flee or drown.

We are mowing down rainforests, destroying the lungs of the planet, and pushing animals — and the viruses they carry — into new places, increasing the risks of spillover into humans. You think Covid-19, with a fatality rate of about one percent (depending on risk group), is bad? Wait until a Nipah virus, with a fatality rate of 50 percent or higher, morphs in a way that allows asymptomatic transmission. ………..

Maybe it’s a failure of human imagination to understand what is coming. Maybe it’s a failure of democracy and the media (including writers like myself). After all, at this vital turning point in the climate crisis, at a moment when most scientists agree is the last chance to save a stable climate, America elected a president who sees science as a church for losers, and who believes the climate crisis is a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese. ……

Maybe the real message that Mother Nature is sending with these storms and fires in the midst of the Republican National Convention is not to Trump, but to us. And it says this: You can have four more years of Trump, or you can have a habitable planet. But you can’t have both. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/political-commentary/hurricane-laura-california-wildfire-climate-crisis-jeff-goodell-1050746/

August 29, 2020 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

South Australian MP Peter Treloar says “Kimba nuclear waste dump is a federal issue”, but he’s fine with it anyway

Kimba nuclear waste site OK with Member for Flinders ahead of proposed new electoral boundaries, ABC, ABC Eyre Peninsula, By Evelyn Leckie and Gary-Jon Lysaght 28 Aug 20

With proposed electoral boundaries changing for the Eyre Peninsula, local MP Peter Treloar is poised to take on a community that remains divided on hosting the country’s nuclear waste.

Key points:

  • Proposed electoral boundaries may lead to Kimba falling within the state seat of Flinders
  • Peter Treloar is poised to take on Kimba’s nuclear waste storage issues
  • The Kimba community remains divided on the region’s nuclear waste site

The Member for Flinders, whose electorate is slated to include Kimba after the redistribution, said although the nuclear waste dump was ultimately a federal issue, he had no problem with its proposed location.

“The Kimba community have decided themselves that they’re prepared to be accepting of that, so this process is playing out in the federal jurisdiction,” Mr Treloar said………

Earlier this year a cross-party parliamentary committee found “significant risk” that local Indigenous groups were not consulted about the nuclear dump to a standard required under international law. ……

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-27/flinders-member-weighs-in-on-nuclear-waste-in-kimba/12603022

August 29, 2020 Posted by | Federal nuclear waste dump, South Australia | Leave a comment

A second Trump term would mean severe and irreversible changes in the climate

A second Trump term would mean severe and irreversible changes in the climate No joke: It would be disastrous on the scale of millennia. VOX, By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Aug 27, 2020,  I f Donald Trump is reelected president, the likely result will be irreversible changes to the climate that will degrade the quality of life of every subsequent generation of human beings, with millions of lives harmed or foreshortened. That’s in addition to the hundreds of thousands of lives at present that will be hurt or prematurely end.

This sounds like exaggeration, some of the “alarmism” green types are always accused of. But it is not particularly controversial among those who have followed Trump’s record on energy and climate change……..

………..a Trump victory would make any reasonable definition of “success” on climate change impossible….

More Trump will ensure the continued escalation of global temperatures

We know from the latest IPCC report that the climate target agreed to by nations — no more than a 2° Celsius rise in global average temperatures — is not a “safe” threshold at all. Going from 1.5° to 2° means many more heat waves, wildfires, crop failures, migrations, and premature deaths. We know that every fraction of a degree beyond 2° means more still, along with the increasing risk of tipping points that make further warming unstoppable. Continue reading

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Book: The Carbon Club -Tony Abbott and the ‘people’s revolt’ against Gillard’s climate policy

Tony Abbott and the ‘people’s revolt’ against Gillard’s climate policy

In her new book ‘The Carbon Club’ Marian Wilkinson exposes the truth behind Australia’s inaction on climate change. Crikey, MARGOT SAVILLE,  AUG 28, 2020

Among developed nations, why is Australia one of only two countries to have such a shameful record on climate change? And why have the brutal and divisive politics of climate change managed to topple three of our prime ministers?

For several years, award-winning journalist Marian Wilkinson has been investigating the relationship between climate-sceptic politicians, business leaders and their allies. For her latest book The Carbon Club, she has conducted scores of interviews with players on both sides in order to expose the truth behind Australia’s inaction on climate change.

In this very readable book, released on Monday, Wilkinson has revealed many new details of the international campaign to undermine climate science and the urgency of the climate crisis.No book on this topic is complete without an analysis of one of our most sceptical politicians, Tony Abbott. In 2010, with Julia Gillard in the Lodge, Abbott’s shadow parliamentary secretary and chief attack dog Cory Bernardi was let out to stop the carbon tax.

Bernardi teamed up with young libertarian Tim Andrews, who had trained with the Koch Brothers’ internship in the US.

“The two helped create the ‘people’s revolt’ against the climate policy, using the power of social media and the tactics of the Tea Party movement that was gaining ground in the US Republican party.

“One of the driving ideas behind the campaign was to exploit the anger and disaffection among ordinary voters towards politicians,” Wilkinson writes. …..

The “people’s revolt” against Gillard and the emissions trading scheme passed by Kevin Rudd would fundamentally fracture conservative politics in Australia, fostering splinter parties and deepening divisions in the Liberals, Wilkinson writes.

“It would destroy any chance of uniting the major political parties to face the enormous challenge of climate change.”………

Marian Wilkinson will discuss her new book at a Crikey Talks event for Inside Access members next month. Visit our Inside Access page to upgrade https://www.crikey.com.au/2020/08/28/book-review-carbon-club/

August 29, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, politics | Leave a comment

Cut through the propaganda. Population growth is NOT good for Australia

More pro-population growth propaganda, Crispin Hull 28 Aug 20,There was more fear-mongering, self-serving, and flawed guestimates over population this week – this time from the quintessential accountant and consultant to big business and government, KPMG.Shock, horror, Australia’s population would be 1.1 million less by 2029-30 because of the reduction in immigration caused by Covid. That would be a “$117 billion” hit to the economy over the decade by dragging down economic growth, KPMG calculates. That would leave every Australian $2850 worse off each year, KPMG says.

So, KPMG and its big-business clients hope that the masses will be lulled into supporting a return to higher immigration. Well, let’s hope a bit of counter-propaganda will prevent that.

Even on KPMG’s figures, this hit to the Australian economy and therefore living standards of Australians is suspect.

KPMG’s says GDP would be $117 billion lower each year by 2029-30 if we do not have these 1.1 million extra people, and that would leave every one of the 28 million Australians by then $2850 worse off each year – that is a total of $79.8 billion, let’s say $80 billion.

Bear with me with the figures.

Population growth propaganda

There was more fear-mongering, self-serving, and flawed guestimates over population this week – this time from the quintessential accountant and consultant to big business and government, KPMG.

Shock, horror, Australia’s population would be 1.1 million less by 2029-30 because of the reduction in immigration caused by Covid. That would be a “$117 billion” hit to the economy over the decade by dragging down economic growth, KPMG calculates. That would leave every Australian $2850 worse off each year, KPMG says.

So, KPMG and its big-business clients hope that the masses will be lulled into supporting a return to higher immigration. Well, let’s hope a bit of counter-propaganda will prevent that.

Even on KPMG’s figures, this hit to the Australian economy and therefore living standards of Australians is suspect.

KPMG’s says GDP would be $117 billion lower each year by 2029-30 if we do not have these 1.1 million extra people, and that would leave every one of the 28 million Australians by then $2850 worse off each year – that is a total of $79.8 billion, let’s say $80 billion.

Bear with me with the figures.

But if instead we have the extra immigrants, that $80 billion will not be “lost” because of the extra $117 billion in GDP the immigrants would provide. Take that $80 billion for the existing population away from KPMG’s $117 billion, it leaves $37 billion a year for the 1.1 million immigrants themselves, which comes to just $33,636 each immigrant per year, well below the Australian average income. So they are dragging their heels. They are a cost to the Australian community not an asset.

There is clearly something wrong with these “plucked-from-the-air” figures.

KPMG’s study looks at what would happen if there was no vaccine – and therefore no immigration – after one year and after two years.  ……

But the 5.5% drop is not down to no immigration. Rather, it is down to all the other economically horrible things caused by a no-vaccine environment: closed businesses, closed borders, lack of confidence etc etc. But KPMG, to suit its own purposes, puts all of the lower GDP ($117 billion) down to no immigration and says the absence of immigration will cost every Australian $2850…..

Covid aside, there are good grounds for concluding that the John Howard-inspired high-immigration policies since the late 1990s have cost Australians dearly, not just in economic terms but also in environmental and lifestyle costs.

It is all very well bringing in immigrants with their immediate incomes which add to overall GDP in the short-term. But GDP per head in the long term is cruelled by that. Schools, hospitals and transport infrastructure have to be built to accommodate them. That might be good for KPMG’s big-business clients just as their immediate consumption needs might similarly benefit them.

But it is not so good for existing residents. Increased congestion and agricultural and wilderness land being consumed by housing are just some of the costs.

High immigration has become a self-perpetuating myth. It was a great thing for Australia from 1945 to about 1970, but thereafter it should have been questioned, but was not……..

The KPMG report is just one more bit of a continuous stream of pro-population propaganda. Couched in statistics and the “science” of economics, it goes unchallenged especially by media that should do better: the ABC, SBS, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. They rarely if ever challenge high immigration because of a misguided fear of being branded racist or anti-multicultural.

You don’t have to agree with high immigration to prove you are not a racist or anti-mulitculturalism. You can do that by merely supporting Australia’s laudable non-race-based refugee intake…….

The fact is, existing multicultural communities have the most to lose from high immigration because it puts extra pressure on the very services they need most: public transport, translation services, schools, health services and so on.

Covid, of course, poses a real threat to the present pro-population Ponzi scheme. If Australia experiences a couple of years’ relief from the high-immigration, high-population mantra, ordinary people might like the result. There would be less pressure on schools, hospitals, public transport, housing costs and so on.

Suddenly, people might revolt against high immigration and high population growth which enriches the few at the expense of the many and at the expense of the natural environment and its non-human inhabitants.

Small wonder KPMG and others like them are serving up the scare-mongering manipulated figures they did this week – continuing to serve their big-business clients against the interests of the vast bulk of Australian residents.

Among the many things that Australians should question and change as a consequence of Covid, high immigration should be near the top of the list….. http://www.crispinhull.com.au/2020/08/28/more-pro-population-growth-propaganda/?utm_source=mailpoet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=crispin-hull-column-16-nov-2019_99

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Adani quietly rebranding Abbot Point terminal as company hit with $107m damages bill

Adani quietly rebranding Abbot Point terminal as company hit with $107m damages bill

Exclusive: Queensland supreme court says company engaged in ‘unconscionable conduct’, Guardian  Ben Smee @BenSmee, Fri 28 Aug 2020 Adani has quietly begun planning to rebrand its Abbot Point coal terminal – removing all reference to Adani in its company name and branding – as financiers continue to abandon the business and a Queensland court orders it to pay $106.8m in damages.

The Queensland supreme court this week ordered Adani to pay four terminal users damages for “unconscionable conduct” in a judgement that was scathing of Adani’s actions to advantage its own financial interests over other coal companies.

In the 93-page decision, the supreme court justice Jean Dalton said Adani’s ports business “attempted to disguise its behaviour in complex transactions”, engaged in conduct outside the boundaries of normal commercial behaviour, and “pleaded matters which were false”.

Name change planned as more investors pull out

Guardian Australia can reveal that Adani reserved two new company names with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission on 18 August – eight days before the court judgement. The Asic documents flag its intention to rebrand Adani Abbot Point Terminal and its holding company as the “North Queensland Export Terminal”.

In July, an Adani employee registered the web domain www.nqxt.com.au on behalf of Adani Abbot Point Operations, a separate company that manages the operations of the export terminal.

Climate campaigners say the move appears to be Adani “changing what has obviously become a toxic brand” amid its ongoing difficulties refinancing the port’s debts.

The Guardian can also reveal two additional Korean investors have, under pressure from climate activists, said they will dump their investments in Adani’s port, which has total debts of $1.5bn.

In recent days, Korean Investment Securities and Industrial Bank of Korea have written to activist groups confirming they will not offer further finance to the port, which would export coal from Adani’s controversial Carmichael coalmine………. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/aug/28/adani-quietly-rebranding-abbot-point-terminal-as-company-hit-with-107m-damages-bill

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Construction begins at Australia’s largest community-owned solar farm — RenewEconomy

Construction starts at SolarShare’s 1MW Majura solar farm, set to be one of Australia’s largest community owned solar projects. The post Construction begins at Australia’s largest community-owned solar farm appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Construction begins at Australia’s largest community-owned solar farm — RenewEconomy

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Big business, energy and unions call on Morrison to wake up to climate risks — RenewEconomy

Australian Climate Roundtable calls on federal government to support a zero emissions target by 2050, citing looming risks to business. The post Big business, energy and unions call on Morrison to wake up to climate risks appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Big business, energy and unions call on Morrison to wake up to climate risks — RenewEconomy

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August 28 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “685,000 Americans Evacuated This Week. Could Climate Change Be Responsible?” • 685,000 Americans are subject to mandatory evacuation orders this week – 385,000 in Texas, 200,000 in Louisiana, and 100,000 in California according to Forbes. Is it possible that a warming planet had anything to do with either situation? [CleanTechnica] Science and Technology: […]

August 28 Energy News — geoharvey

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“Chaos and confusion” as regulators fast-track rules to switch off solar PV — RenewEconomy

Solar industry warns of “chaos and confusion” as regulators struggle to finalise new standards and rules for new inverters and large scale “shedding” of rooftop PV. The post “Chaos and confusion” as regulators fast-track rules to switch off solar PV appeared first on RenewEconomy.

“Chaos and confusion” as regulators fast-track rules to switch off solar PV — RenewEconomy

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Renewable alternatives set to slash industrial gas use – sooner rather than later — RenewEconomy

University of South Australia team says its own R&D – and that of many others – on renewable heat-to-power technology will slash industrial gas use by up to 80%. The post Renewable alternatives set to slash industrial gas use – sooner rather than later appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Renewable alternatives set to slash industrial gas use – sooner rather than later — RenewEconomy

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Rapid fall to parity predicted for Australian renewable hydrogen costs — RenewEconomy

ANU study says cheaper solar and wind, combined with falling costs for electrolysers, will mean green hydrogen will soon beat fossil fuel alternatives. The post Rapid fall to parity predicted for Australian renewable hydrogen costs appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Rapid fall to parity predicted for Australian renewable hydrogen costs — RenewEconomy

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