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Australian news, and some related international items

Labor stays strongly against nuclear power, despite pro nuke push from one union

Labor bipartisanship on nuclear energy needed: AWU,Australian Financial Revieew Phillip Coorey – Political Editor, Feb 18, 2020
The Australian Workers’ Union has stepped up its call for Australia to embrace nuclear power by urging Labor leader Anthony Albanese to provide the political bipartisanship that is needed.  …….

Two weeks ago, after appointing nuclear power advocate Keith Pitt to cabinet as Resources Minister, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government was not about to change its policy of opposing nuclear power unless there was bipartisan support and an agreed solution to deal with waste.
A spokesman for Mr Albanese said there would be no change in policy .……

Like other pro-nuclear advocates, Mr Walton supports small modular reactors. He also accepts that if Labor were in government, nuclear power would not be an option for it.

“Nuclear is probably not the solution Labor would opt for if we were in government. But we’re not, and politics is the art of the possible,” he says……

In the Coalition, the Nationals are hardening against a proposal floated by Mr Morrison and Energy Minister Angus Taylor to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
On Monday, Mr Morrison was very cautious.

“I don’t sign up on anything if I can’t look Australians in the eye and see how much it will cost,” he said.
https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/labor-bipartisanship-on-nuclear-energy-needed-awu-20200217-p541eh

February 18, 2020 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics | 1 Comment

For Australia “business as usual” on climate change, will cost many $billions

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

Climate change extreme weather making parts of Australia uninsurable

Risks aren’t worth it’: QBE says parts of planet becoming uninsurable due to climate concerns,  SMH, Charlotte Grieve February 17, 2020  Global insurance giant QBE has warned climate change poses a material threat to its business and the entire economy as its chief executive Pat Regan said premiums were at risk of becoming too high in areas exposed to repeated, extreme weather……

Mr Regan said there had always been parts of the world that were difficult to insure. But as floods and fires become have dominated headlines this summer, this risk was increasing across “swathes of Australia” and could potentially price out customers from home and business property insurance.

He said climate change was a “big topic” in the sector, requiring the insurance giant to “up its game on a number of fronts”. QBE boosted its reinsurance program for catastrophic events to $2 billion in a process that would be reassessed each year, he said. …..

“The evidence is there for all to see that the amount of weather events globally, not just in Australia, is consistently rising and most of the worst years on record have happened in the last 10 years.”

“The most prone ones [areas] are the ones we see in the news frequently,” Mr Regan said, referencing the Queensland floods and east coast fires…… https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/qbe-warns-of-climate-risk-as-300m-hit-to-revenue-alongside-unusual-weather-20200217-p541e3.html

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

Germany is shutting down its coal industry for good, so far without sacking a single worker

Germany is shutting down its coal industry for good, so far without sacking a single worker, ABC News Foreign Correspondent By Eric Campbell in Germany 17 Feb, 20, “……..  Germany shut down its last black coal mine in 2018.

Miners were offered a new job or an early retirement and a centuries-old way of life came to a sudden end.

But Germany is not looking back. A nation that built its fortunes on coal has decided the fossil fuel’s days are numbered.

As Australia looks to expand coal exp

orts and build new mines, like Adani’s proposed Carmichael project, Europe’s biggest economy is phasing out its entire coal industry for good.

Having already extinguished black coal, Germany is now doing the same to brown coal — a cheaper, dirtier fossil fuel that spews even more carbon emissions.

Berlin has announced a timetable to close not only every remaining brown coal mine but all the carbon-emitting power plants that burn coal to make electricity, by 2038.

In a grand compromise that many Australians might find hard to fathom, trade unions, energy companies, green groups and government have all agreed that the coal industry must go.

And the Government will give tens of billions of dollars to coal regions to create new jobs and industries………

in 2007, the government, coal companies and trade unions struck a historic deal to wind down black coal for good.

“[The government] asked us how much time you need to do that without any problems, not to bring the people off the working market,” Mr Beike said.

Mr Beike said they were given plenty of time — and money — to make the transition.

RAG maintains only a skeleton staff to administer workers’ pensions and contract mine restorations. Mr Beike says only 100 workers are still in need of a job.

One former miner tells Foreign Correspondent he found work as a research scientist; another has been retrained for a job as a trade union secretary.

Government subsidies were used to transform an old RAG coking plant into a World Heritage site, preserved as a piece of history for international tourists. It now has solar panels on the roof.

Black coal may have been shut down for economic reasons but a new move to phase out brown coal is purely environmental.

Renewables currently account for 40 per cent of Germany’s energy generation but there are plans to increase that to 65 per cent by the end of the decade. To meet its Paris targets, the country must do more.

Unlike Australia, where the Federal Government’s response to climate change is being debated after a season of catastrophic fires, there is broad agreement in Germany that coal’s demise is inevitable.

The successful closure of the black coal industry is now providing a blueprint for how to finish the job.

Under what’s known as the Coal Compromise, struck in January 2019, the rest of Germany’s coal industry will soon start retiring their mines and power plants.

Corporations have been given nearly two decades to completely shut down and the Government has promised 40 billion euros ($65 billion) to coal regions to ease the transition…….. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-18/australia-climate-how-germany-is-closing-down-its-coal-industry/11902884

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Small is beautiful as solar farms look for ways around grid chaos — RenewEconomy

Developers and off-takers are working with smaller-scale solar farms in a bid to avoid the pitfalls of Australia’s current grid connection and congestion crisis. The post Small is beautiful as solar farms look for ways around grid chaos appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Holden brand killed off as GM switches focus to electric vehicles — RenewEconomy

General Motors retires iconic Holden brand as it looks to a future of electric and autonomous mobility. The post Holden brand killed off as GM switches focus to electric vehicles appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Why Canavan will be a more dangerous pro-coal advocate outside of Morrison ministry — RenewEconomy

Former resources minister Matt Canavan says he is ready to cross the floor and do everything he can to support coal industry. The post Why Canavan will be a more dangerous pro-coal advocate outside of Morrison ministry appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Victoria intervenes to try and solve wind and solar bottlenecks in local grid — RenewEconomy

Victoria flags “go-it-alone” strategy on network upgrades, as it seeks to solve grid bottlenecks that is hurting and delaying large scale wind and solar projects. The post Victoria intervenes to try and solve wind and solar bottlenecks in local grid appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Australia has done little on emissions, and is not planning much in next decade — RenewEconomy

Australia’s emissions have risen substantially since 1990, and since 2005, without including land use, and its Paris goal are only reached through carry-over credits. The post Australia has done little on emissions, and is not planning much in next decade appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Gas giant concedes gas demand rises only if climate targets are ignored — RenewEconomy

APA says global gas demand rises only if climate targets are ignored, but is coy about details of federal government funding for new gas power station in Victoria. The post Gas giant concedes gas demand rises only if climate targets are ignored appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Queensland researchers smash solar efficiency record for ‘quantum dot’ solar cells — RenewEconomy

UQ researchers smash efficiency record for ‘quantum dot’ solar cells, opening up the potential for flexible solar skins. The post Queensland researchers smash solar efficiency record for ‘quantum dot’ solar cells appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Queensland names two more sites for $2.5m EV network rollout — RenewEconomy

Two additional sites identified for $2.5 million second phase of Queensland’s statewide public electric car charging network. The post Queensland names two more sites for $2.5m EV network rollout appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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February 17 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “Tesla Semis Are Cheaper Than Rail Enough Of The Time To Reshape Ground Freight” • Later this year, the first Tesla Semis will be rolling out of a gigafactory. This article deals with the question: “What dynamics will shift in the rail vs. road shipping equation?” The Tesla Semi isn’t a “rail killer.” […]

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South Australia re-connected to main grid as AEMO completes delicate operation — RenewEconomy

Market operator re-connects and re-synchronises South Australia’s grid to the main network more than two weeks after storms tore down main transmission link. The post South Australia re-connected to main grid as AEMO completes delicate operation appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Coal miners given free ride under Morrison government emissions “caps” — RenewEconomy

A growing number of industrial emitters avoiding limits by using soft rules to secure higher emissions allowances under the Safeguard Mechanism. The post Coal miners given free ride under Morrison government emissions “caps” appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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