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Ross Garnaut on climate change « Previous | |Next »
February 23, 2008

Ross Garnaut issued an interim report on Thursday on his climate change review. This suggested that Australia should cut its greenhouse emissions by 70-90% by 2050, rather than the Rudd Government's 60% and it begins the debate about cutting emissions.

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The reaction was as I'd expected. The Rudd Government confirms the 60% target to protect the Australian economy; whilst the energy industry is wanting subsidies (compensation) for its old coal-fired power generators that will stranded with the shift to renewable energy sources, and it is warning of an increase in the cost of electricity by 50%.

Behind the public face the corporate coal/energy industry is probably fighting to prevent mandatory cuts to greenhouse gases, advocating the expanded use of coal, pushing for more coal-fired power stations to be built and running a fear campaign about climate change making it too expensive to cool our homes, power our lives and run our cars.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 8:13 AM | | Comments (9)


Energy Independence Now!

No more Oil Wars!

Stop funding the terrorists!

Drill in Anwar.

Build more nuclear power plants

Use More coal.

Use more natural gas

Turn trash into energy

Double the efficiency of windmills and solar cells.

If France can do nuclear power so can we.

If Brazil can do biomass/ethanol power so can we.

If Australia can do LNG power so can we.

Domestically produced energy will end recession and spur the economy.

The Rudd Labor Government has ruled out nuclear power for Australia.

I thought one of the better decisions of the Labor Party prior to the election was the commitment to follow the science in decision making about climate change.It was that decision that resulted in Labor opting for the 60% reduction in ghgs by 2050.I see "follow the science" as the election commitment not the 60%. If the science changes so must our decisions. We can winge all we like about the economy and the costs, as we currently see them, but the fact is if we don't do as the scientists are telling us we will have NO economy. The sooner Governments and people accept this the sooner we will put the solutions in place.

use more coal? How is that going to help? Your energy independence overrides global warming.

The SA decision to work on solar and wind power could be the model for the economic effects and arguments about baseload.

the national figures for energy generated by wind power are about 1% whilst that for solar power are 0.1%.

A long way to go.

I see that weekend electricity prices soared to near record levels--- rising to $9000 a megawatt hour as Queensland ran out of power and the interconnector from NSW didn't have the capacity to cope with the demand during the hot spell earlier in the week and the weekend.

Solar power on households addresses that peak demand load but few states are moving to make it easier or financial for households to invest in that capacity.

Science defines the problem, lists the options to address it and the consequences of the options. Politics chooses between the options.

There is no option but to reduce green house gases below a threshold the scientists can tell us about. There are options about how quickly we do that. There are also options about how our electricity is supplied. I suspect we need to use all of the supply options as long as they reduce ghgs. There are also options about how much energy we use. We know that our consumption could be reduced by a third by energy audits and following the audit recommendations for more efficient equipment.I know the solar voltaics I have on my roof and changes in personal behaviour have reduced our electricity bill. The hybrid car certainly has reduced our petrol consumption.
But I will say it again; there are no options but to reduce ghgs below the threshhold.