In the murky world of politics it seems that bad news must follow good, a survey says Australia’s business friendly reputation could be at risk, we are told Australian companies are using too much energy, one less coal fired power station is built and accountants are cool.
“For every tonne of carbon dioxide they avoid, countries could save an average of $46 in health costs - around twice Australia’s starting price for carbon.”
- Fiona Armstrong, Climate and Health Alliance
In a week of big issues, when Australia won a victory over big tobacco and the government finally compromised on the contentious issue of how to deal with refugees, we are still quibbling over the carbon price, which some might say should be considered a done deal. But no.
Just days after reporting that Australian businesses could slash up to 35 percent off their energy bills without noticing much, AFR’s report tells us that carbon pricing was a factor the means Australia is less attractive to global business investment.
Really? Let’s ask someone else who writes about economics. Tim Colebatch offers the opinion that it is the dollar, and not the carbon price which is causing anxiety for international business relations. Now there’s a thought. At the same time he says the Opposition’s scare campaign, blaming everything on the carbon price, failed its first test.
Ben Cubby reports we might be close to the tipping point, beginning our clean technology era, “it’s like a juggernaut” Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery has said.
Environment Victoria will be celebrating this week after they and supporters stopped a new coal fire power station from opening. And we are told that in South Australia – two out of five homes have solar panels on their roofs –and this means solar could meet peak energy demands.
Day one in his new job at Greenpeace Australia Pacific, the incumbent chief David Ritter told Australian politicians that we are in serious trouble unless they reach consensus on the issue of climate change.
And a recent piece in The Conversation outlines just how much there is yet to be agreed on, around the policy and politics of climate change. Meantime a Climate and Health Alliance report tells us that fossil fuel use generates death and disease costing Australia $6 billion a year.
In the US, temperatures are still rising – and back on The Conversation site, Australian scientists explains what works BEST in terms of measuring and analysing temperature data – that is for those who like technical detail.
I know, it’s not the sexiest thing in the world – but for the accountants out there – Australia has received a big gong for developing the carbon accounting system of choice. CONCENTRATE. And if you live in Sydney and either have a car sitting out the front you hardly use – or live beside someone who has a car sitting out the front that is hardly used – check this out.
And Nell, I don’t know how you did it, but my hat is off to you for turning an op-ed about your role in Puberty Blues and modern day living to a strong statement about the need for Australia to stop relying on coal as its main export. You go girl.
Watch this video about how to win over the fossil fuel lobby “I don’t know if we can, they are the ones who have all the money, so we need to find other currencies like passion, spirit, creativity …” I am sure Bill is talking about us … until next week.
This Week in Climate Change (formally The Week That Was), a weekly review of climate change politics, policy, innovation and science from Climate Reality Leader Andrew Woodward. @climatecomm