Climate Change

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Climate change is a real thing.  Why is that still hard for some people to say?  The way we power our homes, our businesses and our cars is changing.  If we stick our head in the sand we're heading for a disaster, we can't keep stubbornly clinging to old ways.  The lack of sensible policy from the major parties means we're missing the chance to create the technology that will boost our economy, reduce our power bills and help our environment.

I oppose the Adani mine.  Using our Kyoto credits towards our Paris targets sounds like cheating on our homework, let's be honest about our agreements. We need to move past the arguments from left and right and follow the lead of other countries who make Climate Change a bipartisan issue and just get on with sensible solutions


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  • Rubens Camejo
    commented 2019-05-13 17:30:32 +1000
    This went off before I finished….

    You talk about climate change and micro grids. Both, sensible discussions. One is real, the other offers an economically sensible step to take.

    Micrigrids need storage support just as the national grid dies, to make them work. To that end, I have a suggestion.

    Labor has indicated they’ll allow big polluters to buy carbon credits off shore.

    Now, we in Australia contribute 1.3% of global emissions. The thing is, that percentage of total global population is 98.8milliin people. That makes us a very high polluting country.

    One way to fix that is to get
    Labor to agree to issue carbon credits frin projects such as Micrigrids, such as you propose.

    They need striga, as I mentioned, so perhaps they should include the infrastructure to produce hydrogen from water hydrilysers powered by renewable energy.

    We could become an example to the world on district energy self sufficiency and how to also contribute towards the supply and storage to the national grid.

    The idea would be to start on the coastal communities and replicate several Microgrids that would themselves be networked.

    Being able to issue carbon credits for such schemes would supply a lot of the finance and it would be easy to measure the abatement achieved.

    My vision is tha we could also sell those credits to overseas companies seeking to offset their emissions. Instead of money going off shore, we’d have funds coming in.

    Thoughts?

    Wish to discuss?
  • Rubens Camejo
    commented 2019-05-13 17:10:38 +1000
    Jeremy, G’day and good luck on Saturday.

    You’ll be getting my first preference on Saturday, however, there is something I would like your opinion on?
  • Kym Kilpatrick
    commented 2019-05-05 18:23:26 +1000
    This sounds hopeful to me. We need to do so much from limiting our fossil fuel footprint, fast tracking to sustainable energy generation and planting and protecting trees and habitat. Our oceans and waterways also need protecting from over-fishing to plastic pollution. We need immediate leadership and effective action on all of this, not just talk-fests. I am scared for the world we are becoming. I am scared for the young of today and even us oldies will be impacted within our life time.
  • Jeremy Miller
    commented 2019-05-03 13:30:59 +1000
    Hi Scott. I’m a big fan of local community solutions, so I love ‘microgrids’ or local community electricity networks. I believe distance causes a problem, so it won’t suit all parts of our region. Let’s make it work where we can because it will save households money and save our planet. Sounds good to me!
  • Jeremy Miller
    commented 2019-05-03 13:29:06 +1000
    Hi John. We disagree about the nature of climate change, but that’s OK. Let’s agree that the way we treat our environment is changing whether we’re ready for it or not, so we might as well be ready for it. You’re correct that we cannot flick the switch completely away from coal today but we do need to sensibly transition to other solutions and we need to start now.
  • John Staker
    commented 2019-04-28 13:56:37 +1000
    Jeremy I agree that the climate is changing. It has been since the ice age. However I do not believe that Australia & our production of Co2 is the problem, nor do the vast majority of “we who have been around for years”. My question:- How do you intend to replace the income from coal exports to keep of trade figures balanced? Also how does the world produce steel without coking coal, as it represents about 70% of steel ingredients?
  • Scott Bell-Ellercamp
    commented 2019-04-12 02:55:09 +1000
    What is your opinion on local community renewable energy networks.. some communities are already inter-connecting and sharing PVS and wind generators with batteries and making a quid. Do you think communities in Lyne could benefit from such and arrangement? and how would this benefit the community?