Looking at the machinations over the proposed Adani coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin this week, it is hard to imagine that any sort of progress has been made in Australia in what all but a determined few accept is the inevitable clean energy transition.
Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk has long predicted the imminent end of the fossil fuel era. But it took a couple of tweets between him and another billionaire, Australia’s Mike Cannon-Brookes, on Friday to highlight just how close this is.
According to global analysts Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the future is clear: wind and solar will replace coal and gas fired generation, and a lot quicker than many think.
Lyn Dickinson, Pottsville What is missing from election campaigns are a narrative and vision for the future. Instead all we get are three word slogans. I expect there are many who cringe every time they hear ‘jobs and growth’ and... Read More →
Robert Rosen, Brunswick Heads. Don McMillan, Echo, May 26, might be a oil and gas worker of 30 years, but he does not seem to appreciate the difference between the natural gas normally supplied to Byron Bay restaurants (mainly from... Read More →
On Sunday peaceful protest, at Willow Tree, NSW, halted Whitehaven Coal's trains from reaching Newcastle Port. Trains were stopped for five hours after 33-year-old Jamie Dunnit scaled, and occupied, the locomotives.
Last week, leading lights of the global fossil power industry gathered at a conference in Houston, Texas, for CERA, known in the sector as the ‘Davos of Energy’. They reportedly got the shock of their professional careers.
I am getting fairly pissed off – I am just saying that at the outset so you don’t read to the end and get shirty when you find out that the person I am pissed off with is you.
Ballina Shire Council is set to join Lismore and Byron councils in divesting its investments from financial institutions that support fossil fuels.
Sapoty Brook, Mullumbimby. If we Earthlings do not get our emissions under control by 2017, our fossil fuel economies will 'lock-in' extremely dangerous warming.
Concerns over the collapse of the fossil-fuel industry and its impacts at a local-government level divided Tweed shire councillors last night along the lines of believers and sceptics.
In a major new report, global investment bank Citigroup has defined the current battle between cheap oil, and renewables like wind and solar, to be so fundamental it will define the future of energy.
The Lismore City Council will decide next week whether to stop investing its funds in financial institutions that back fossil fuels.
Just how much trouble is Big Oil in? The biggest, richest and most ruthless industry sector ever to strut the global economic stage is facing an existential crisis thanks to plunging oil prices. And according to the latest analysis, it has no Plan B.
The Greens say jobs and energy independence in the region are under attack by the Liberal/National parties despite a substantial take-up of solar on the north coast.
Boyd Kellner, Newrybar. It is the economy whose dependence on ‘cheap' energy, oil, is the driving force of human induced climate change.
Six years ago, Pope Benedict XVI installed more than 1,000 solar panels on the Vatican’s audience hall, helping him earn him the sobriquet of the 'Green Pope'.
AGL received from us the taxpayers, via the great work of its paid lobbyists and its mates in government a total of $231,600,000 to help build its large solar farms. See it at its own web site to confirm.
Southern Cross University lecturer Aidan Ricketts has hit back at attacks from the big end of town on courses such as the one he teaches on activism and constitutional rights.
Australia’s first community-based renewable energy retailer, to be based in the northern rivers, plans for the region to become fossil free within years.
Sapoty Brook, Mullumbimby. Last week's letter from the deputy secretary resources and energy, NSW Trade and Investment Department, brings into focus the confrontation between short term economic needs and the medium to long term need to avert catastrophic economic, social, and environmental collapse resulting from anthropogenic global heat retention.
Sometimes governments make really bad decisions. I’m talking about monstrously stupid decisions that will be incredibly hard to rectify, yet if left unrectified will be a huge burden for decades, writes Noel Barton.
Revelations yesterday that the NSW government spent close to $1 billion on supporting the coal, gas and oil industries were not lost on Lock the Tweed’s Michael McNamara.
Last week the world-renowned American environmentalist, Bill McKibben, declared that our prime minister now apparently saw his principal role in international affairs as the global ambassador of coal, writes Mungo MacCallum.
Mike Mizzi, Byron Bay. Since WWI, when oil replaced coal as the major form of energy for transport and military applications, the nation that dominates the world oil markets and supplies dominates the world.