Open letter to PM Malcolm Turnbull: Show leadership and stop attacks on renewable energy

Friends of the Earth has called on PM Malcolm Turnbull to stop political attacks on state climate and energy policy leadership in an open letter hand-delivered to the PM’s Sydney office today. The open letter – signed by ACT Commissioner for Sustainability … Continue reading Open letter to PM Malcolm Turnbull: Show leadership and stop attacks on renewable energy

Fed govt must stop attacks on state climate and energy leadership while Finkel review undertaken

National environment group Friends of the Earth has called on the Federal government to stop political attacks on state climate and energy policy leadership while the Finkel Review is undertaken. “State and territory governments have shown leadership on climate change and renewable energy … Continue reading Fed govt must stop attacks on state climate and energy leadership while Finkel review undertaken

Solar thermal in Port Augusta Key Part of Securing SA’s Clean Energy Mix

Community-led campaign Repower Port Augusta has called on the South Australian and Federal governments to back plans to build solar thermal in Port Augusta following a new ACIL Allen report into energy security options for South Australia. The report, funded by … Continue reading Solar thermal in Port Augusta Key Part of Securing SA’s Clean Energy Mix

Polling: Strong community support for interim emissions reduction target as Vic govt prepares climate response

Polling released today by Friends of the Earth shows there is strong support in the Victorian community for an ‘urgent’ transition away from coal to 100 percent renewable energy. The polling shows a large majority, 70 percent of respondents, believe … Continue reading Polling: Strong community support for interim emissions reduction target as Vic govt prepares climate response

Homegrown Power Plan outlines path to 100% renewables

GetUp! and SolarCitizens’ Homegrown Power Plan has been making headlines around Australia since its release in April. Which is no surprise considering one of its main findings that Australia will save money by shifting to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. Building … Continue reading Homegrown Power Plan outlines path to 100% renewables

Floating water-cooled solar power in South Australia

This piece is by David Clarke. For more information see ramblingsdc.net I’m 69 now and look back fondly on my younger years when I could say I was proud to be Australian. With my country’s failure to do anything substantial … Continue reading Floating water-cooled solar power in South Australia

Hiding from the truth about 100% renewable energy

The French government has joined the Australian government in ignoring their own reports that say a transition to 100% renewable energy is feasible and involves little extra cost.

Mediapart obtained a report from the French government’s own environment and energy agency body ADEME that showed to use 100% renewable energy by 2050 is materially and technologically feasible and would cost relatively little more than the current electricity supply which is 75% nuclear.

Yet the government is holding a conference with the theme “40% of renewable electricity by 2050: is France ready?” A presentation on 100% renewables was mysteriously removed from the agenda at the last minute, but Mediapart obtained a copy of the study.

Flamanville 3 nuclear reactor under construction

Image (EDF): The Flamanville 3 nuclear reactor was estimated before construction to cost 3.3 billion Euros, but by its intended completion date in 2012, this had blown out to 8.5 billion Euros, with the completion date pushed back to 2016.

The study finds that President Francois Hollande’s target of reducing nuclear from 75% to 50% by 2050 would only be slightly cheaper for consumers than their 100% renewable scenario, sinking claims by pro-nuclear advocates that their favourite tech is the cheapest.

Some people just don’t want to hear the good news. Does this sound familiar?

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