Daily Links Aug 30

Adani, the company that’s been given astounding access to Qld groundwater for its dodgy mine, is running a third attempt to stop a fraud investigation into its activities. Why this excrescence of a mine is still a live concern beggars belief. While Canavan, Christensen, Taylor et al are in government, we must keep up a ‘watch and act’.

Post of the Day

Myths of baseload and intermittent energy: It’s not what you think

Giles Parkinson

Over the next few months, with the right wing shift in the federal Coalition government, and state and federal elections afoot, expect to hear a lot about “baseload” and “intermittent” generation.


Today’s Celebration

Children’s Day – Afghanistan

Constitution Day – East Timor, Kazakhstan. Turks & Caicos Islands

Feast of St Rose of Lima (Rose Festival) – St. Lucia

St. Rose of Lima Day – Peru

Victory Day  Cyprus – (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus), Turkey

Agou – Voudon

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances – http://www.un.org/en/events/disappearancesday/

More about Aug 30 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_30



Murray-Darling royal commission won’t cross-examine federal bureaucrats

The Federal Government’s court challenge to South Australia’s Murray–Darling inquiry is discontinued after the state abandons its attempt to cross–examine federal bureaucrats.



Water for drought relief could be a ‘loan’ [$]

Dying animals need water that can come from the eastern states and repaid to us when we most need it, South Australian Senator Anne Ruston says, as a fight flares over the River Murray.


Federal agency pushes back at Barnaby Joyce’s environmental water grab

The body in charge of environmental water purchases rejects calls by special drought envoy Barnaby Joyce to divert flows to assist graziers.



Renewables forecast to halve wholesale energy prices over four years

Analysis shows 7,200MW of renewables added to grid after closures of coal-fired plants



New minister pledges power price focus

Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor says his focus will be to drive down power prices, and has rejected claims he is a climate change sceptic.



Power companies ‘as bad as banks’ [$]

Energy Minister Angus Taylor has equated power companies to the banks, saying they have forfeited their social licence and should brace for heavy-handed intervention.



‘NEG is dead’: States go it alone [$]

State Labor governments have vowed to push on with their own ambitious renewable energy schemes after the ‘death’ of the National Energy Guarantee.



Pacific nations push Morrison government to pledge support for Paris climate accord

The Morrison government is under pressure from Pacific leaders to sign a pledge of support for the Paris climate accord, and declare climate change the “single greatest threat to the livelihoods, security and wellbeing” of the region.



Energy Insiders Podcast: The future of pumped hydro

ANU’s Andrew Blakers and GE’s Bill Armstrong on the future of pumped hydro in Australia. Where and when will it be built?



AGL leadership change may renew Canberra tensions

Cole Latimer

The proposed closure of a single coal-fired power station led to energy company AGL’s CEO’s removal and played a key part in the deposal of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, but can new leaders reach a compromise?



Our new PM wants to ‘bust congestion’ – here are four ways he could do that

Jake Whitehead

Building more roads will not help reduce congestion



Brothers In Harms: Scott Morrison And Donald Trump Are Cut From The Same Anti-Climate Cloth

Cat McLeod

The United States and Australia have a lot in common, not least of all our appalling record on the environment, particularly of late



Myths of baseload and intermittent energy: It’s not what you think

Giles Parkinson

Over the next few months, with the right wing shift in the federal Coalition government, and state and federal elections afoot, expect to hear a lot about “baseload” and “intermittent” generation.



If you’re talking about drought but not climate change, you’re not doing your job, PM

Greg Jericho

Agriculture is a small part of the country’s GDP but a huge part of certain rural communities. They deserve a plan.



Issue has proved too big for run of Australian leaders

John Hewson

Climate policy has now proved a defining element in the demise of a run of Australian political leaders, from John Howard through to Malcolm Turnbull.

Each of the fallen increasingly played short-term, opportunistic politics, mostly for personal political advantage, on an issue upon which most Australians agree – the need to address climate change.




‘A mega project on steroids’: Experts divided on Melbourne rail loop plan

The Victorian Government’s suburban train loop plan has been warmly received by the public, but experts are divided about the need for and viability of the $50 billion project.



Will Daniel Andrews and Matthew Guy seize the opportunity to act on climate?

The outcome of the 2018 state election will have big implications for tackling climate change and rolling out renewable energy.



Solar Insiders Podcast: The fallout from Victoria’s solar rebates

Victoria Labor’s solar rebate proposal is having an impact on the solar market, with customers putting off installations.



Frack attack: Victoria warns new energy minister to respect gas ban

The Victorian government has warned Australia’s new energy minister Angus Taylor not to try to pressure it to reverse its gas fracking ban.



New South Wales

Wentworth voters promise to do what Turnbull didn’t – act on climate

Poll shows Liberal primary vote down 22% in Wentworth, a blue ribbon electorate where a majority of voters support Australia’s shift to 100% renewables and commitment to cut emissions



Missing dumped asbestos found in NSW

Authorities have located some of the 17,000 tonnes of asbestos waste they say was illegally dumped after being removed from a Sydney construction site.



Pressure mounts for early Sydney water use curbs on desalination delay

Calls are mounting for the government to bring forward water restrictions as storage levels plunge amid signs the $1.8 billion desalination plant won’t operate at full capacity for a year.




Firies get Qld bushfire under control

A fast-moving bushfire north-west of Brisbane has been brought under control by firefighters.



Council and state clash over Brisbane development areas

The state government has declared new priority development areas. BCC does not support this state-led development.



South Australia

How antique dealers help smuggle ivory out of SA [$]

Some Adelaide antiques dealers are advising customers to lie to Australian customs agents about ivory products, and are offering to forge receipts to help people smuggle items out of the country.



Park ‘n’ rides to go ahead — not all of them [$]

The struggle for carparks at Golden Grove and Paradise is set to be lessened inside the next two years — but two other planned park ‘n’ rides at Klemzig and Tea Tree Plaza have no timeline.



Adelaide’s first cat curfew a step closer [$]

Cats would be confined to their homes from 9pm to 7am every day under a proposal for metropolitan Adelaide’s first cat curfew.



Victor Harbor pushes ahead with cruise ship plan [$]

Cruise ship passengers would dock at Granite Island under an ambitious plan to bring thousands of tourists to the “jewel” of the Fleurieu Peninsula.



Facebook vows to be 100% renewable energy by 2020

Giles Parkinson29 August 2018  2 Comments

Internet giant Facebook has vowed to source 100 per cent of its considerable electricity needs from renewable energy by 2020.



US renewables outshine nuclear, close gap on coal

Renewables account for nearly a fifth of all domestic electrical generation in US, beating nuclear and not far short of coal.



Adani Group files plea in India high court to stall fraud investigation

The mining conglomerate is asking the court to quash a request to produce information regarding its coal imports from Indonesia



50,000 evacuate after Myanmar dam breach

More than 50,000 people have been evacuated their homes in central Myanmar after a dam breach flooded towns and villages.




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