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March 11, 2014

The Coalition's Direct Action is part of a short-term political manoeuvre that helped deliver power to the conservative parties. It is not a long-term policy position to deal with climate change. Their long term policy position is to defend the fossil fuel industries, and to push for push for greater fossil fuel consumption even though the market for conventional generation is effectively dead. This position involves hostility to the renewable energy industry.

Australia is investing tens of billions of dollars building new assets to promote fossil fuels, be it in LNG, coal, the Galilee Basin and the Abbot Point port infrastructure even though the demand for coal in China and India is declining. China, the biggest consumer of coal, is placing a cap on coal consumption whilst imported coal from Australia is too expensive for India.

PopeDAngrySummer.jpg David Pope

Committing to the economic primacy of fossil fuels, particularly coal, may well result in stranded assets and asset write downs. In the Australian market energy consumption continues to fall while renewable energy development rises. This is driving down wholesale market prices and eroding the value of coal and natural gas plants.

The fundamental structural change in the electricity market that is underway that is undercutting the traditional utility business model. And the utilities, fossil fuel generators and state governments that own the old electricity assets (eg., WA, Queensland and NSW) do not like the declining profits.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 1:50 PM | | Comments (4)


For the direct action plan on climate to be effective the subsidy paid for emissions reductions would have to equal the carbon tax the subsidy replaces. But instead of generating huge revenues as the carbon tax does an equally effective subsidy payment scheme will cripple the Government's budget by making huge payments to the fossil fuel industry.

So the bad guys--the Coalition present government and some of its biggest supporters, big companies and industry associations”--won.

Their strategy to use “brazen falsehoods”, “untruths” and “misinformation” about climate science and the policies that might reduce Australia’s emissions were successful.

If the SA Liberals win the state election in March as expected they will impose restrictions on wind farms even though South Australia is national leader when it comes to renewable energy.

Their policy is that there should be adequate distance between peoples homes and wind turbines — five kilometres from towns and two kilometres from homes.

This a mandatory setback distance of five kilometres from towns would have prevented the Hallett 2, Waterloo, and also Wattle Point wind farms.

Make solar power and insulation mandatory for all new homes. Wind power generators on the roofs are the future too.