Jenny’s Jottings 21 June 2020

Jenny’s Jottings

Jenny Goldie, CCL member from Cooma NSW, in the Eden-Monaro electorate, sums up her views and news on Australia’s week in climate change action*

Before I start I must remind you that this Tuesday at 7pm you can join The Eden-Monaro CAN for a webinar with Warringah MP Zali Steggall talking about climate change. Details below

 

The Bushfire Royal Commission rolls along. In the face of strident voices that hazard reduction burns (HRBs) are all that is required to deal with bushfire, it is important that the commission and the public understand the following:

  1. Bushfires will only continue to get worse until we address climate change and urgently reduce our emissions as part of a global effort.
  2. Climate change is making prescribed burning harder to carry out safely.
  3. Hazard reduction is an important tool, but it’s not enough to protect us from catastrophic bushfires.

There was even a report in the Canberra Times that HRBs can make the environment even more combustible.

 

Neville Power, head of the Covid Commission, told a Senate committee they had consulted with 1000 groups over the post-Covid economic recovery. A group of five major environmental groups including Greenpeace representing more than a million Australians have written an open letter to the Prime Minister complaining they were not consulted.

50 social, environmental, business and property groups have come up with an excellent plan to stimulate the economy with an energy efficient and solar, low-income housing installation boom. The National Low Income Energy Productivity Program (NLEPP) proposal includes four measures, calling on governments to:

  1. invest in energy efficiency upgrades and solar PV installations for social housing.
  2. provide energy efficiency upgrades and solar PV installations for low-income owner occupiers.
  3. support the upgrade of inefficient rental properties.
  4. provide subsidies for low-income households to replace inefficient appliances.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is hardly a radical body, but its CEO Dr Fatih Birol has warned the world has only six months in which to change the course of the climate crisis and prevent a post-lockdown rebound in greenhouse gas emissions. A rebound in emissions could overwhelm efforts to stave off climate catastrophe.

Coming events:

This Tuesday at 7pm! Join us for a webinar with Warringah MP Zali Steggall talking about climate change. This is part of CAM’s (with Farmers for Climate Action) Eden-Monaro by-election campaign to encourage candidates to adopt stronger policies on climate and energy, and encourage voters to vote for candidates with strong policies. If you haven’t already downloaded Zoom you can do so here. If you haven’t already RSVP’d for the webinar, you can do so here. To connect to the meeting, you can do so here.

  • COVID-19 and Climate Change – Policy Responses, Thursday 25 June at 12pm. You can register here.
  • Renewable Energy Jobs in Australia. Also Thursday 25 June but at 4pm. You can register here. Please submit any questions to: seminars@climate-energy-college.org
  • BZE presents the Million Jobs Plan. 10.30am, 29 June with Mike Cannon-Brookes of AtlassianYou can register here.
  • Technology neutrality and industrial policy: odd couple or unholy marriage? 12.30pm on Tuesday June 30: You can register here.
  • Active travel in the ACT. 5.30 – 7pm Thursday 30 June. You can register here.

 Recent reports and other helpful information: 

New videos:

  • The Carrington Bowling Club installed a 50kW solar system that is now saving them up to $1,800 every month. Watch here.
  • The gas moguls behind the Covid Commission. Watch here.
  • Highlights of the National Bushfire and Climate Summit (3 mins.) Watch here. (Highly recommended!)

All the best, Jenny

Jenny Goldie
President, CAM. and a Member of CCL Aust (Eden-Monaro)

 

Other news highlights

Aspen Re rules out insuring Adani mine

A global reinsurance company that was paid to cover work on the Adani Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland has ruled out any future financing of the controversial coal project.

South Australia fast-tracks energy plan to dodge blackouts and meet 100% renewables goal

The South Australia Liberal government has announced a new energy package to ensure the state can reach its target of net 100 per cent renewables by 2030, including a commitment to fast-track a new transmission line to NSW and allowing the market operator to effectively switch off rooftop solar to protect the grid.

Climate crisis: alarm at record-breaking heatwave in Siberia

Unusually high temperatures in region linked to wildfires, oil spill and moth swarms

“Too late for gradual transition”: Quiggin calls for coal exit by 2030

It’s too late for a gradual transition out of fossil fuels, and Australia must draw up a plan to stop coal generation by 2030, and put a moratorium on new coal mines, according to a major report authored by professor of economics at The University of Queensland, John Quiggin.

Australian researchers claim new record for direct ‘solar-to-hydrogen’ solar cells

ANU researchers claim major breakthrough in direct “solar-to-hydrogen” process that could dramatically reduce cost of renewable hydrogen.

Controversial coal operation under investigation after allegations of illegal mining

New Acland Coal’s mine west of Brisbane is being investigated for potential non-compliance with its licence, which opponents allege has unlawfully mined $500 million of coal.

Royal commission hears Black Summer bushfires created their own weather systems

Australia experienced almost as many firestorms – bushfires so intense they create their own weather systems – during the ‘Black Summer’ season as in the previous three decades.

Hydrogen-powered cars to be manufactured in NSW

Australian company H2X aims to produce 20,000 hybrid vehicles from Port Kembla by 2025.

Rooftop solar reshapes W.A. grid, and retiring coal units won’t be missed

The latest 10-year forecast for the West Australia state grid highlights massive changes ahead as rooftop solar entrenches its position as the dominant technology on the local network, so much so that the closure of two of the remaining coal units in 2022 and 2024 will not be missed.

CSIRO says Australia’s car fleet could be fully electric by 2050.  Giles Parkinson, Renew Economy

CSIRO says Australia’s car fleet could be fully electric by 2050 under “step change” scenario being modelled by grid operator, and hit more than 70% of new car sales by 2030.

 

* Note that the views and wishes expressed in these blogs are not necessarily those of Citizens Climate Lobby Australia.

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