Daily Links Mar 7

Desperately seeking Power Purchasing Agreements – this is the sort of innovation that is unlocked with a commitment to renewables, that shows the market working for the future and that confounds the fossil fools who are still all too prevalent.https://reneweconomy.com.au/desperately-seeking-ppas-7gw-of-solar-wind-queue-up-for-corporate-deals-28068/

Daily Links Mar 6

Ross Gittins ought to be required reading for our decision-makers. They might have outlasted Kenneth Davidson with his brand of common-sense economics, Gittins is of the same ilk.https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/the-economy/how-to-lose-water-waste-money-and-wreck-the-environment-20190305-p511ti.html

Daily Links Mar 5

There is nothing oxymoronic about the concept of a ‘serious cartoon’. First Dog is asking a serious question; when do we get up a progressive coalition to rival the dunderheads and troglodytes of the LNP? Or are we destined to have independents, with the pluses and minuses they bring, to sit with the two major parties and a sprinkling of Greens, to cobble together policy responses on issues without a coherent world view?https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/04/if-the-greens-dont-do-something-radical-they-will-be-on-10-primary-vote-until-the-end-of-earth

Daily Links Mar 4

Angus, black isn’t white and neither speaking earnestly nor repetitively will make it so.https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/mar/03/angus-taylor-again-falsely-claims-australias-greenhouse-emissions-are-falling

Daily Links Mar 3

Environment over economy is the pollster’s verdict – and this is the nub of the issue. Systems thinking is both friend and foe, friend in that it teaches us that we must look at the integrated whole, foe in that reducing an integrated whole to discrete components and then addressing each allows us to think we are on the right track. And as it is the latter that is the easier, that’s what we do. Example, we treated the cane beetle problem as a food chain issue rather than a food web issue, brought in cane toads and look what happened. So back to environment and economy, they are the one issue.https://www.sbs.com.au/news/environment-an-issue-for-federal-voters

Daily Links Mar 2

This is a good review of the current predicament over which PM Happy Clapper presides.https://reneweconomy.com.au/10-things-to-know-about-scott-morrisons-so-called-climate-pivot-37883/

Daily Links Mar 1

“From an investor’s perspective, coal is a dead duck.” What a plucky little country Australia is, not for us going with progressive thinking or even sensible risk mitigation. Nope, it’s dead ducks for us!https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/01/out-on-its-own-australia-the-only-country-to-use-climate-funding-to-upgrade-coal-fired-plants