This week, experts look at what might happen to the carbon price, do you like your energy provider, and can you stomach listening to Alan Jones AND Lord Monckton? I dare you….
“The most likely result is a new coalition government which finds a way to live with the carbon price.”
- Seb Henbest, a Sydney-based carbon analyst
A key climate change body, the National Climate Change Research Facility has had its funding cut. At the same time the Bureau of Metrology and the Australian Climate Commission are getting ready to announce that the summer of 2013 has been the hottest summer ever. Just like reports coming from WA and the US.
While we are still in WA, Shell research shows that Australians view energy security as a high priority. But the question is - which energy sources??
And we are watching the Pilbara where cyclone Rusty and heavy rains are causing havoc. For the latest research on extreme weather events and their connection to climate change, look here.
Meantime GE tells us that it plans to bankroll big wind energy projects, amongst other energy concerns.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance tell us that they have the statistics which explain that any effort by Abbott to derail the carbon price would fail. And Climate Change Minister Greg Combet has described the Coalition's plan to cut carbon pollution as a "farce", after Liberal frontbencher Joe Hockey was forced to issue a clarifying statement about the policy.
While many people are speculating about what the most recent story is in terms of the Coalition’s policy on climate change.
Meanwhile, Barnaby Joyce tells us all that the flood levy was his work. That is very kind given that he doesn’t agree that climate change is happening, or has anything to do with extreme weather events.
Doctor and Greens politician Richard Di Natale gives union boss Paul Howes a free consultation on how we should be very concerned about the health risks associated with coal expansion in Australia.
Virgin tell us they are still profitable with a carbon price in place, whilst EU MPs have backed plans to make some airlines exempt from their carbon price. It is interesting the various treatments of this issue. Why not just fly high with bio fuels and skip the whole issue of paying for your emissions?
Check out which households hate which energy companies, here. Personally, I think roof top solar will mean we can all stay friendly ….
And Brazilian experts tell us that the vast majority of the Earth’s species are unknown to us. Amazing.
Now if you are keen to listen to something which makes you wonder, have a listen to denier Lord Monkton talking to Alan Jones, gee they are still sticking to that script …..
Remember, Earth Hour is coming up soon. And they have expanded to include 50 countries now.
That’s it for us, for this week!
Image courtesy of Matthew McDermott [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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