Monday 23rd of October 2017

politicians will be politicians...

politics...

The energy minister, Josh Frydenberg, has slapped down Tony Abbott and other conservative rebels, declaring that climate change is real and that was why Abbott agreed to join the Paris international climate agreement when he was prime minister.

Asked about Abbott’s provocative speech to a group of climate-change sceptics in London questioning the science of climate change – an outing that has beencharacterised by Labor as “loopy” – Frydenberg brought up Abbott’s own record in the top job.

“Climate change is real,” the energy minister told reporters. “We take our advice from the scientific experts. We believe we need to reduce our emissions. That is why Tony Abbott signed up to the Paris agreement.”

With the government backing off the clean energy target recommended by the chief scientist, which was opposed vociferously by Abbott and other government conservatives, voices are now marshalling against Australia’s participation in the Paris agreement.

Conservative Eric Abetz on Wednesday backed Abbott’s speech in London questioning climate change and declared Australian pensioners need to be put before “some Paris aspirational climate deal”.

Declaring himself an “agnostic” about the science of climate change, the Tasmanian Liberal senator said Abbott had made some “very valid points” in the speech to a group of climate-change sceptics.

read more:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/oct/11/climate-change-is...

 

Turdy Abbott made not a single valid point. Abetz is an idiot.

 

they'll pay you to die of heatstroke...

 

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) have announced that consumers will be paid to cut their power usage.

It's part of a plan to free up temporary supply during unplanned outages and extreme weather conditions — such as prolonged summer heatwaves.

So how will this impact you, and could you actually get a free day of electricity if you switch off your pool pump?

Here's what's been announced

ARENA will fund 10 pilot projects to manage Australia's electricity supply during extreme peaks.

These "pilot projects" will be trialled in three states — Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales — over three years.

read more:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-11/power-bills-would-you-switch-off-y...

"Abbott agreed to join the Paris international climate agreement when he was prime minister.?"

That might have been his way to get a free trip to see the Eiffel Tower.

 

meanwhile, a queensland first...

 

The first of dozens of giant wind farm components have made their way to far north Queensland, forcing traffic to a standstill.

A special semi-trailer was sent to the region to transport the fan blades. Each one is 57 metres long — about the size of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. [Gus: or 7 metres longer than an Olympic swimming pool]

The blades were shipped in from the United States to Cairns last week and are now being driven up the steep and winding Palmerston Highway and onto the Atherton Tablelands, west of Cairns.

Construction has already started on the $380 million farm at the top of Mount Emerald.

Hundreds of residents and school children gathered to watch the first giant blade make its way through the tiny towns of Malanda and Walkamin on Monday.

Malanda resident Debbie Magnee was watching by the side of the road with her children.

"I think the wind farm is a good idea — anything to help with green energy, I support it — it's great," Ms Magnee said.

read more:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-11/giant-wind-farm-components-far-nor...

 

remembering when malcolm...

deal breaker...

The shadow climate change minister Mark Butler says Labor won’t support the Turnbull government’s new energy policy if it dumps the clean energy targetrecommended by the chief scientist, Alan Finkel.

With the Turnbull government expected to press ahead with its new energy policy this week after consideration by the cabinet and the party room, Butler issued a clear public warning on Sunday that the loss of the clean energy target meant there was no prospect of bipartisan agreement between the major parties.

Butler said Labor had been prepared to keep an open mind on the clean energy target, even though it was not the opposition’s preferred policy option, because the model had been thought through by the chief scientist and endorsed uniformly by stakeholders across the community.

read more:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/oct/15/dumping-clean-ene...

getting away with murder......

A Clean Energy Target recommended by Australia's chief scientist will not be adopted, with the Federal Government instead proposing a new plan to bring down electricity prices.

Key points:
  • The plan will be put to the Coalition party room today
  • It would require three years' notice of closing a power station
  • Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly also suggested the Government delay action on reaching the Paris climate targets until closer to 2030

 

The details have not officially been released, but the ABC understands Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will argue his policy will lower electricity bills more than a Clean Energy Target (CET), while meeting Australia's Paris climate change commitments.

It is understood Cabinet last night also agreed to force retailers to guarantee a certain amount of so-called dispatchable power that can be switched on and off on demand, to avoid outages.

The plan will be put to the Coalition party room today and is likely to appeal to a group of backbenchers who favour coal-fired power and had opposed a CET from the outset.

read more:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-16/cabinet-dumps-clean-energy-target-...