Hazelwood Power Station in the Latrobe Valley
This week, Pippa tells it like it is, Gina R makes a rare appearance telling us all we can’t afford a carbon price, but we should maintain low paid unskilled laborers and it is not good news on the Hazelwood shut down.
“President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans … and heal the planet (but) my promise is to help you and your family.”
- Mitt Romney, US presidential candidate
Media reports tell us the Federal Government will walk away from its commitment on contracts for closure of Australia’s dirtiest coal-fired power stations including Hazelwood and Yallourn.
ACF’s Tony Mohr said “Closing 2000 MW of coal-fired power is a key plank of the Federal Government’s Clean Energy Future package and is now the only part of that package that hasn’t been delivered.”
In the same breath Victoria’s State Government is cutting solar feed in tariffs (again) to 8 cents. They seem to be suggesting removing the incentive is making it “fairer” for those who can’t afford solar panels. You have lost me there Mr Baillieu.
It’s a little scary and put your hot drinks down but try to watch this rare video of Gina Rinehart talking about sustainable jobs and investment in people. Hmmmm.
At the same time Fairfax media report that Australia's heaviest polluters could pay almost nothing for carbon emissions after 2015 following the scrapping of the emission trading scheme's floor price this week. We have linked to the EU carbon trading scheme, but we will not link to the Californian scheme, just in case you were wondering.
And this week a bunch of news about investment in wind farms, specifically cash strapped Infigen energy are planning to push ahead with the establishment of Australian wind farms. And TRUenergy has signed on the dotted line to buy NSW’s Taralga wind farm. Engineering firm Downer EDI has won a $70 million contract for work on a Victorian wind farm near Ballarat.
The New Scientist speculates on how skeptics will respond to a really hot 2013, given that many scientist are predicting in could be one of the hottest years on record.
Vale the amazing, humble, self professed “white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer” Neil Armstrong who changed our view of the planet after he landed Apollo on the Moon. I think he would be sad to know fellow scientists are projecting that Arctic sea ice could be lost by 2015.
And news of a tasty sustainability award, yum. And to finish on a high note, check out this great parade of a weather girl Pippa telling it like it is gone. Nice job. See you 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