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Australian news, and some related international items

Morrison government refuses to sign leaders’ pledge on biodiversity

September 29, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, environment, politics | Leave a comment

Exposed! Extinction Rebellion fact checks pro-nuclear front groups 

XR reveal climate-denying behind pro-nuclear front groups

Exposed! — Beyond Nuclear International

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

The danger of a catastrophic war against China – or Iran, or Russia

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

DONALD TRUMP JR. CALLS FOR VOLUNTEERS TO JOIN AN ‘ARMY’ AND ‘SECURE’ THE 2020 ELECTION

DONALD TRUMP JR. CALLS FOR VOLUNTEERS TO JOIN AN ‘ARMY’ AND ‘SECURE’ THE 2020 ELECTION https://www.lancastercourier.com/2020/09/27/donald-trump-jr-calls-for-volunteers-to-join-an-army-and-secure-the-2020-election/

Posted by Will Bishop | Sep 27, 2020 | Election 2020,  A new video ad appearing on social media features the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., urging volunteers to join an “army” and keep the “radical left” from succeeding in their attempt to “steal” the 2020 election:    [tweets shown here]…….

Be sure and note the militancy of the language in the ad, which could easily lead some Trump supporters to take up arms and show up at polling places in an attempt to intimidate voters trying to cast a ballot. The intent could not possibly be clearer or more disgusting: To hold down turnout on Election Day because Republicans don’t do well in high turnout elections. As high-tech website BoingBoing explains.

“What else does one even say about these insane … Trump-Pence ads, and the curiously addled Don Jr., who resembles a crackhead in the throes of addiction? What else does one say, but holy shit. Long past time for Twitter and Facebook, where these ads are trending, to take action — the ads are lying, and they’re inciting armed violence against Americans.”

That sentiment was echoed by tech reporter Garrett Graff of Wired:
Garrett M. Graff
@vermontgmg
These posts, by a president’s son, should rank among the most worrisome threats to American democracy in our history. Calling for an “army” to prevent the election from being stolen?!? This should be disowned by the GOP—but we know it won’t be.

If there is indeed violence on Election Day and it can be traced back to this ad or others circulating online, those who made the spots need to be arrested and charged with conspiracy to interfere with an election and accessory to commit a violent crime.

Oh, and let’s make sure the first person arrested is Donald Trump

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

‘Nuclear power is now the most expensive form of generation, except for gas peaking plants’

‘Nuclear power is now the most expensive form of generation, except for gas peaking plants’

The latest edition of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report indicates the stagnation of the sector continues. Just 2.4 GW of new nuclear generation capacity came online last year, compared to 98 GW of solar. The world’s operational nuclear power capacity had declined by 2.1%, to 362 GW, at the end of June.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 EMILIANO BELLINI  PV MAGAZINE AUSTRALIA  The levelized cost of energy (LCOE) from nuclear power rose from around $117/MWh in 2015 to $155 at the end of last year, according to the latest edition of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, published annually by French nuclear consultant Mycle Schneider.

By contrast, the LCOE from solar power decreased from $65/MWh to approximately $49 and that of wind from $55 to $41.

“What is remarkable about these trends, is that the costs of renewables continue to fall due to incremental manufacturing and installation improvements while nuclear, despite over half a century of industrial experience, continues to see costs rising,” stated the report, citing a recent study from financial advisory and asset management firm Lazard. “Nuclear power is now the most expensive form of generation, except for gas peaking plants,” added the study, which did not provide an LCOE for gas peaker generation.

The cost difference is having a huge impact in new generation capacity deployment, with just 2.4 GW of new nuclear plants installed last year, compared to 98 GW of solar and 59.2 GW of wind, according to the report. The world’s operational nuclear capacity fell 2.1% to 362 GW by the end of June. “The number of operating reactors in the world has dropped … to 408 as of mid-2020, that is below the level already reached in 1988 and 30 units below the historic peak of 438 in 2002,” the study reported.

Six nuclear reactors were grid-connected last year: three in Russia, two in China and one in South Korea. At the same time, five nuclear plants closed last year and three more were shuttered in the first half of this year, with no nuclear facilities added from January to June. An additional eight facilities, which had ceased operations, were decommissioned in 2019………. https://www.pv-magazine-australia.com/2020/09/25/nuclear-power-is-now-the-most-expensive-form-of-generation-except-for-gas-peaking-plants/

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

World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2020 Released

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

Queensland’s 25th large scale solar farm registered and sending power to the grid — RenewEconomy

Warwick solar farm becomes the 25th large scale solar project to send power to the grid in Queensland. The post Queensland’s 25th large scale solar farm registered and sending power to the grid appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Queensland’s 25th large scale solar farm registered and sending power to the grid — RenewEconomy

September 29, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

IFM partners with oil trader to create $2.8 billion renewable energy venture — RenewEconomy

Australian super fund IFM partners with global oil trader to create a $2.8 billion joint venture targeting 2,000MW of new renewable and storage projects. The post IFM partners with oil trader to create $2.8 billion renewable energy venture appeared first on RenewEconomy.

IFM partners with oil trader to create $2.8 billion renewable energy venture — RenewEconomy

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September 28 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “China’s Carbon Pledge Will Require Complete Inversion Of Existing System” • China has pledged to reduce carbon emissions to virtually zero by 2060. If it succeeds, it could reduce the global heating forecasts by up to 0.3°C. To do this, it will need to rethink its energy supply completely. One projection is for […]

September 28 Energy News — geoharvey

September 29, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

CSIRO signs up for 100 per cent solar power with Garnaut’s Zen Energy — RenewEconomy

CSIRO signs long term deal with Zen Energy to power some of its most iconic sites, including its telescopes, from two large scale solar farms. The post CSIRO signs up for 100 per cent solar power with Garnaut’s Zen Energy appeared first on RenewEconomy.

CSIRO signs up for 100 per cent solar power with Garnaut’s Zen Energy — RenewEconomy

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Snowy credit downgraded, would need new federal funds for any gas play — RenewEconomy

S&P downgrades Snowy Hydro, saying its debt would be rated “junk” without backing of federal government, and plans for new gas generator rely on more government money. The post Snowy credit downgraded, would need new federal funds for any gas play appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Snowy credit downgraded, would need new federal funds for any gas play — RenewEconomy

September 29, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment