The federal coalition government has set the target for Australian emissions in 2030 as a reduction of between 26% and 28% from 2005 levels. This is the target that Australia will take to the Paris meeting in November. The Coalition spin on these targets is considered below.
Compare this with other emission targets:
Australia’s earlier formal bipartisan target submitted to the UN at Kyoto for 2020 was between 5 and 25% below 2000 levels.
Here’s a welcome change in conservative thinking. It’s from Mike Nahan, the West Australian (WA) Liberal Party Treasurer and Energy Minister and former head of the right wing think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA). In a landmark speech, Nahan said his government was committed to facilitating a move to solar photovoltaic power as it:
Would meet the daytime electricity needs of WA within the next decade
Was cheap, and democratic [supported by the people]
Was likely to account for all new generation capacity
Initial investigations suggest that pumped hydro could provide ample storage of electric power to accommodate the intermittency of solar and wind generated electricity – and so provide baseload power for Australia. Pumped hydro storage is efficient, flexible, economical and commercially available on a vast scale.
A new book “The Energy-Freedom Home” offers up-to-date information on how you can wipe out your electricity and gas bills in nine steps.
The book could really help the 50 % of Australians looking to renovate their homes over the next four years – with detailed, yet easy to comprehend, information on moving towards an energy-bill free home, and possibly saving around $2400 a year.
The book can become a resource, so when an appliance fails, or when there’s some money to spend on a renovation, solid information is there to help make an informed decision.
Chart: Global average temperatures between Jan and July each year from 1880 to 2015 (NOAA)
2015 was a hot year, even before the El Nino developed. Now a very strong El Nino has developed and this is pushing global temperatures higher. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported:
July was the hottest month of the 1627 months on record since 1880
The first seven months of the year was the hottest January-July on record
The year-to-date globally-averaged land surface temperature beat the previous record in 2007 by a whopping 0.15°C
Muslims have a religious duty to take action against climate change, according to a declaration released by a major group of Islamic scholars, faith leaders and politicians from 20 countries. The Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change, launched in Istanbul, is aimed at the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims and suggests mosques and Islamic schools should immediately take action.
This chart shows Gross Domestic Product (GDP) between 2010 and 2030 for 4 scenarios: (1) no carbon price, (2) a low carbon price, (3) a medium carbon price and (4) a high carbon price. (Chart 3.32 from a Treasury report)
The Murdoch Daily Telegraph took a bunch of numbers concocted in Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s office, based on this Treasury report, and produced the screaming headline “ALP’s $600B Carbon Bill”…. The story was full of “shocking predictions”: “Economic growth shattered”, “Thousand of jobs lost”, and “a devastating blow to the economy, slashing thousands of jobs”.
Treasury wrote that the economic effects of all scenarios considered “are small compared with the ongoing growth in GDP” (p. 72).
The Herald Sun reports that: Prime Minister Tony Abbott is intent on setting a realistic target in committing to cut greenhouse gas emissions by between 26 and 28 per cent by 2030. In doing so he recognises that vastly bigger cuts, as proposed by Labor, would mean slashing jobs and plunging the economy into possible recession. Continue reading The Herald Sun fully supports the Coalition’s target→