Climate Newsletter 24 Sep 2018

Two recent reports conclude that Australia is failing to meet its Sustainable Development Goal 13: Urgent action on climate change. Now another report has  placed Australia 14th out of 27 wealthy countries on the Global Development Index; a low ranking largely because of our inaction on climate change.

And it is hardly likely to get better with the current federal Minister for Energy, Angus Taylor. Not only has he said that he will not replace the Renewable Energy Target in 2020, but has insisted that considering environmental factors in energy decisions is ‘corporate virtue signalling’. His attacks on wind and solar drew an enraged response from the admirable Giles Parkinson of ReNew Economy (see below).

About Angus Taylor:  His grandfather, William Hudson headed construction of the Snowy Mountains Scheme from 1949 to 1967. Taylor’s family owns property near Nimmitabel (they declined wind turbines so Boco Rock went next door) and Taylor is now federal member for the seat of Hume which borders our local seat of Eden-Monaro. According to a ReachTel poll, 42.3 % of Hume voters want Australia to cut emissions more deeply.

Taylor needs to read a couple of things: 1) the report by S&P that says propping up the coal industry with government subsidies would be a ‘credit negative’ for the energy sector, and 2) the attached article (published in Global Research) by Andrew Glikson of ANU saying the world is living on borrowed time.

It is the attitude of countries like Australia and the US that is responsible for the watering down the summary of the much anticipated IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report, due out next month, on 1.5oC warming. Nevertheless, the body of the report remains and paints a grim picture of, amongst other things, disruption to the Gulf Stream from cold waters flowing into the North Atlantic from melting ice and glaciers. Speaking of which, check out the last item below for amazing footage of a calving glacier in Greenland.

Jenny Goldie
President Climate Action Monaro

Taylor launches extraordinary and ill-informed attack against wind and solar

Giles Parkinson

New energy minister Angus Taylor has launched a new and extraordinary attack against wind and solar, saying they cause “de-industrialisation” and claiming that Labor’s 45 % emissions reduction target would send a “wrecking ball” through the Australian economy.

Energy minister’s electorate backs higher emissions reduction target, poll shows

ReachTel poll of Angus Taylor’s voters finds 42.3% want Australia to cut emissions more deeply

Building new coal, and propping up old, not the answer: S&P

Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings  says government intervention to prop up existing coal power, and underwrite the development of new, would be “credit negative” for the energy sector.

Climate change is making storms like Hurricane Florence worse

Florence isn’t a preview of what is to come from climate change; it is an example of what climate change is doing to storms right now

Climate study ‘pulls punches’ to keep polluters on board

‘True risks’ of warming played down to placate fossil-fuel nations

Closing eyes to climate change won’t stop warming

Ebony Bennett

Not even bushfires in winter were enough to budge the Coalition into meaningful action.

Coalition exposes its ignorance in anti-renewable stance

Mark Butler

Angus Taylor is a disaster for Australian households and business struggling under sky-rocketing power prices because of the Liberals’ energy and climate policy paralysis.

Climate activists say women are key to solving the climate crisis

When will everyone else get the memo?

Revolving doors, golden escalators and the demise of climate and energy policy

Giles Parkinson, Renew Economy

The revolving door between politicians, advisors and lobbyists.

Harsh climate: The struggle to track global sea level rise

The best predictions for sea-level rise this century are getting more dire, and yet less precise, in part because of a lack of understanding of these glaciers and how their behaviour fits into global climate modelling.

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