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August 5, 2021

Disrupt fossil fuels

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Duncan Dey, Main Arm

I disrupt coal in a few ways, including by living and working off-grid (solar panels and big battery). A second way was by driving through Queensland in 2019 with Bob Brown on the Adani Convoy. Apparently we lost Labor that federal election. Or was it their duality in telling northern Australia they favoured coal for jobs while telling southerners they didn’t?

But the third way is wonderful, and easy; helping the group Market Forces by buying shares in coal companies and ‘sponsoring’ resolutions at each company’s Annual General Meeting. The resolutions are along the lines that they recognise the destructive impacts of burning fossil fuels, as well as the economic peril of investing in their extraction. Many companies have adopted such resolutions over recent years and changed their focus.

There are a few more Australian companies to win over to the sanity of leaving coal in the ground. If readers have energy and some lazy $, I’d be happy to mentor those wanting to pitch in, buy shares, and influence our collective future.

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  1. Rather than going off-grid solar, a large grid connected solar system is far more effective against the coal fired input. Over the past seven years our system exported twice as much power as we used ourselves and that displaced burning many tonnes of coal not just on our behalf but on behalf of others.

    We hardly ever buy any power and our bills are generally in credit now that we have a battery too. We have installers on the roof right now increasing the solar input by another thirty percent so that our inverter will be at full power a lot more of the time. Barring any new taxes levied on solar at the behest of fossil fuel companies, I doubt we will ever pay the electricity company again.

    Be the change you want to see in the world.

  2. Did you drive to the Adani mine in an electric car ?

    If so , how often did you need to stop and recharge ?

    If you didn’t drive electric , why didn’t you ?

  3. Jimie the hypocrisy is astounding
    look good intentions as we all have to
    To minimize our carbon footprint on earth..
    However you ask any of these Activists
    When was the last day they enjoyed a Hydrocarbon free day!! You won’t
    Have much pushback..

    • Please Barrow my man, please stop talking your nonsense. No old technology was ever completely abandoned on one day to be replaced by a superior new technology the same day. We reduce using the ‘old’ whilst at the same time increasing the use of the ‘new’. It’s how it has always been done but then you already knew that. We have renewable energy usage and technology ramping up all the time replacing usage of fossil fuel. The only issue for us is the speed of ending fossil fuel use when we are facing the existential threat of climate change – we have no time to waste old son.


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