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"IT'S DISGRACEFUL": LCPA SLAMS OTWAY BASIN DRILLING PLANS- MAY 31 2019
The Otway Basin has been marked for drilling by the State Government, with bidding open for three new petroleum exploration licences.
"Our agricultural industries and land are being sacrificed for a quick buck," Mr Ralton said. "It (the drilling) is not only going to disrupt our agricultural areas, but also raise biosecurity concerns.
COALITION'S REEF ADVOCATE BACKS MASSIVE TREE-CLEARING PLAN- Nicole Hasham- June 1, 2019
Coalition MP Warren Entsch has backed a plan to bulldoze 2000 hectares of pristine forest near the Great Barrier Reef despite being appointed to a role championing the natural marine wonder.
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HOW OIL COMPANIES BOUGHT AUSTRALIA’S CLIMATE POLICIES - May 19, 2019
Oil and gas companies claiming to support climate change reform initiatives are simultaneously spending billions to stop tougher laws. And it appears to be working.
BHP SEES EARLY END FOR THERMAL COAL, PLUGS IN TO ELECTRIC FUTURE- 23 May 2019
BHP’s landmark strategy briefing, delivered by CEO Peter Beaven to analysts on Wednesday, highlights the growing gulf between what individual companies see as the future of renewables and electric vehicles, and the self-interested rhetoric of the business lobbies that represent them and the Coalition government that slavishly adheres to conservative nay-sayers.
LOY YANG A FAILURE HIGHLIGHTS FOLLY OF THE AUSTRALIAN COAL FANTASY 11 June 2019
…… the problem of depending on Australia’s ageing and increasingly unreliable brown coal generators to keep the lights on, or even keep prices down. The current fleet of coal generators is looking increasingly incapable of doing either, and Australia must find a path, and a plan, to put the long-term clean energy transition into place now.
GLOBAL CARBON EMISSIONS RISE TWICE AS FAST AS OURS 13/6/19
A major report by energy giant BP said the world was returning to coal, and without shale gas from the US and LNG exports from Australia the emissions reduction picture would be much worse. Massive investments in renewable energy were needed but would not be enough to satisfy increasing demands for power, most notably in China and India.
NO MORE FOSSIL FUELS FOR NORWAY
Norway's 'Rockefeller' moment Norway has now formally started closing its investment sluice gates to the whole family of fossil fuels. Norway prepares to dump up to $3.7b in Aussie shares. Norwegian Parliament passed new guidelines that prevent the nation’s sovereign wealth fund from owning mainstream coal producers or a swathe of oil and gas development companies.
ADANI MINE APPROVAL SHOWS CLIMATE CHANGE DEBATE REACHES NEW LEVEL OF LUNACY - 15/6/19
Adani's groundwater plan was approved by the Queensland government in a rushed process. This came after the former commonwealth environment minister rushed Adani's water plan through federally. The CSIRO's advice to both Commonwealth and Queensland governments was Adani's groundwater model was "not fit for purpose". Despite this, both have accepted Adani's promise to fix the model later, after it has started mining coal.
CUBBIE STATION & WATER ALLOCATION ABUSE! March 2, 2017
Cubbie Station in Queensland, the overallocation of precious water from our river systems, and the government neglect…both State & Federal…of this issue, would appear to have been flying under the radar for the last couple of years!
HOW AUSTRALIA BLEW ITS FUTURE GAS SUPPLIES 29/9/17
a country that allowed its entire store of gas to be flogged off without first setting aside enough of the stuff to ensure the nation's power grid continued humming and that consumers could afford to turn on a light switch.
VICTORIA’S COAL FIRED CLUNKERS NEM’S MOST UNRELIABLE 18/6/19
Coal power in Victoria accounts for approximately 13% of the National Electricity Market’s gas and coal capacity, but 32% of its gas and coal breakdowns says The Australia Institute (TAI). A new report from TAI states Victoria’s gas and coal power fleet is the most unreliable in Australia; with Loy Yang A and Yallourn W the least reliable coal plants in the country by number of breakdowns. Since TAI’s Gas & Coal Watch started in 2017, there have been 185 breakdowns at gas and coal plants, with 64 occurring at Victorian power stations.
VICTORIA'S COAL-FIRED POWER PLANTS THE LEAST RELIABLE IN THE COUNTRY 16/6/19
Victoria’s brown coal-fired power stations are the most unreliable in the country, breaking down far more often than power plants in the rest of Australia and putting the stability of the state’s energy supply at risk.
MORRISON FRUSTRATED BY STATE BANS ON GAS
Australian Associated Press August2019
Mr Morrison said he was frustrated with the refusal by states to end their bans as his government works to keep its promise to reduce the nation's power bills.
"I want to see those bans go, I want to see that gas come out from under people's feet because when it does that means it takes the pressure off electricity prices,"
PALM OIL - THE HIDDEN INGREDIENT WITH OVER 200 NAMES
THE ARCTIC IS ON FIRE, AND IT MIGHT BE CREATING A VICIOUS CLIMATE 'FEEDBACK LOOP'
30 July 2019 The worst Arctic wildfire season in recent history is releasing unprecedented emissions that feed into climate change, creating the conditions for more fires.
JUST 10% OF FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDY CASH 'COULD PAY FOR GREEN TRANSITION'
Redirecting small portion of subsidies would unleash clean energy revolution, says report
Coal, oil and gas get more than $370bn (£305bn) a year in support, compared with $100bn for renewables, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) report found. Just 10-30% of the fossil fuel subsidies would pay for a global transition to clean energy, the IISD said.
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BARNABY JOYCE APPROVED PLAN TO CHASE $80M WATER BUYBACK, DOCUMENTS SHOW
Federal government pushed plan to buy a portion of water entitlements rather than adopt Queensland proposal to purchase two farms and all water rights