Many Climate Activists know enough terrible facts about Gas vs Coal already. Not just inconvenient such as like an individual death sentence. I have previously seen and linked-in presentations of future effects of "Gas - Transition" studies done quite some years ago. Anybody who looks can find them, and there are more references in the online report found on the "Price of Oil" website. Hint: the word "price" here refers to life, not money.
None of this yet seems to have cut any ice with capitalist corporation friendly parties in Australia like the LNP or ALP. Or with the Murdoch NewsFork media. LNP seems to be the Australian Coal Party, the ALP by actions identified itself as the Australian Gas Fracking Party. All charging directly into climate hell, as if they ruled some imaginary planet B.
The invisible limits to global growth wall have been hit, according to a number of writers and sites online. Extra nervousness happens in every stock price slide. Maybe the fast trading computer algorithms are programmed to stop them going all the way down, by creating "recoveries".
Investor advice sites are using the "wall" metaphor more often now. Doesn't "Wall St" rule the world with its words?
The climate indulgents in Australia most certainly include the protagonists and the parts of Queensland misled over the benefits of opening the worlds biggest coal pits in the Galilee Basin, starting with the Adani Carmichael Mine. This was heavily promoted by the Murdoch Media. It includes the self-indulgent Mr Clive Palmer, who helped to keep the current coal-indulgent LNP government in power with his big $60 million spends on advertising and electoral candidate recruitment, when he owes more than that to the Australia Tax department. Here we have two of the worlds most self-indulgent billionaires, able to get away with stealing money and telling lies, who assaulted the public with as much dis-information and spin as public-subsidised fossil fuel money can buy. The new government hasn't got a new mandate, its just got a repurchase agreement from 3 ongoing owners - Murdoch, Palmer, and Coal.
Climate scientists have told us for more than a decade that getting atmospheric carbon dioxide equivalents back below 350 parts per million (ppm) is required to limit the Earth’s temperature rise to 1ºC above pre-industrial levels.
Unfortunately, the CO2 equivalent level is now something like 500 ppm, which is ~410 for carbon dioxide (CO2) plus the greenhouse gas effects of other human additions are included - methane (CH4), Nitrous Oxide (NOx), FluoroCarbons(FCx). As these continue to rise, it must be obvious now that we have yet to reach peak human global warming acceleration.
This accounts for setting of new temperature records every year, as oceans and weather systems are pushed by high rates of warming, locked in for decades to come.
The sour relationships that exist between the Australian Political Parties are about money. The current LNP have extreme fear of the Greens, because sensible energy and climate policies will put a stop to their ongoing scams with billionaires and foreign coal and gas corporations. That is why they call the Greens - "Extremists", but seek preferences from the billionaire Clive Palmer's titanic political advertising vehicle, and the right-wing klutz in One Nation.
The Australian Carbon Price - How much does Australian climate inaction cost?
Australian politicians are really cheap - On average for 150 members of Federal Parliament , over 10 years, about $75 million direct party donations.
That works out to be only $50,000 per year per politician.
Having a token climate policy, has been a major recurring political strategy of ALP and LNP, in order to stop leakage of votes to the Australian Greens. Each election the token policies have gotten weaker. Each election the price is lower to sell Australian resources to the extremely rich fossil fuel miners clique of the world, and the party members fail to honour their parliamentary oaths. Both major parties support big plans to expand coal and gas exports, with public subsidies, that overwhelm the token fundings of local mitigation. The bumpkins of the National Party are happy to sell out their farming voters to future droughts and economic collapse.
I watched the "Leadership" debate live on 7-NEWS from Western Australia on free-to-air digital on April 29, 2019.
I already expected to like Bill Shorten much more than Scott Morrison, having experienced the last 6 years of LNP government, and I did find Bill Shorten most compelling in giving a case for a change of government. Scott was bluster, and he identified border security and budget surplus management as big achievements.
The ALP is and nearly always has been, the Alternative Liberal Party, since both are conditioned by being mining wealth slaves from a mass-media consumer society, and rely on Australians being a majority society of lotus leaf eaters.
If the ALP actually cared about domestic gas prices, they would stop exporting LNG overseas, but they helped set this up.
As usual this is an Australian Election for "nobbled parties", much as we should be having a "climate election" by now. The race is already fixed into the traditional two mining parties contest, of one or the other mining party agents. The game, which started with the Australian parliament, is about control by mining wealth elites. The strategy is to sell the right electoral bribes to control the prize of the mining stranglehold on the Australian parliament. The rewards are paid out of boosts to foreign mining extraction, and mining includes fossil fuel extraction. Too many Australian political operators have been bought off. Party hierarchy, thinking and policy are structured, by offerings from the horde of trillions of dollars of foreign wealth-debt, siphoned into donations, favours and anointed pre-selections.
Fossil - fuel global wealth has all the debt-money and power of two hundred years of industrial revolution on its side. Its fossil fuel dependent national governments are fighting the need for extraction from fossil fuel reserves to be drastically slowed, to slow our path towards rapid climate destruction. Section 44 exclusions in the Australian constitution have nothing on this monsters global scale, which corrupts the entire society and parliament process.
According to Bill Shorten and Tony Burke the "law" will be used to
#StopAdani. This is such an easy, casual, non-specific lie, to absolve
the ALP of needing to do anything substantial to #StopAdani. Natures
carbon law says we agree to Limit global warming below 1.5 - 2 degrees
C. This is the only law that matters now. This is the Climate Law. It
says no new coal mines. No new fossil fuel extraction. All opposing,
contradictory government laws, statutes and mining approvals are now
illegal. Any relevant political statement on Adani that does not quote
the Climate Law is pure organic bullshit. ALP and LNP consistently won't
quote the Climate Law.
Bob Brown and his #StopAdani entourage, have moved up the East Australian Coast towards the Galilee Basin, as a "Convoy", with scheduled stops organised on the way. Some electric passenger vehicles are joining the trek.
Parramatta Park was a major stop for Sydney on Easter Saturday, 20th April 2019. The convoy has now left Brisbane.
Market Forces published its January 2019 update report on the investments of Australian banks into fossil fuel expansions. The big banks promised to reduce investments in developing new fossil fuel reserves, since at least two thirds of existing reserves need to be left in the ground to meet Paris agreement climate targets of 2015. They have still managed to throw more billions at investment in new stranded fossil fuel sources which must not be burned.
It is going to take time to stop the growth of our fossil-fueled powered global economic behemoth, and bring down greenhouse gas emissions. Global growth is slowly becoming enfeebled, despite best efforts at growth, as new fossil fuel investments in oil and gas fail to give the same bang for buck as they once did. New "discoveries" have smaller reserves, lower quality product, and cost more to extract. However they surely compound our mounting global climate risks, as we expend more total energy to bring them to market. This was a seriously missing item of inquiry at the recent Australian Royal Commission into Banks.
Australian big political parties have consistently proven that they cannot stand up to Coal, Oil and Gas corporations, in any significant way. That became very clear, when in Western Australia, a very short lived policy put out by its Environment Protection Authority - EPA, was completely ditched. The policy recommended "carbon offsets" to be applied to the carbon emissions from new big COG projects.
The total carbon emissions from any new extraction fields are likely to push global warming way past survivable limits. This is simply not believed or heeded by Australian politicians. They can't stand up to the mining industry money controlled media. Some of the world's biggest resources companies campaigned against the changes. The greenhouse gas emissions in Western Australia are rapidly going up. Political money and media pressure from resource corporations turns leading politicians into corporate attack dogs against the a need to mitigate the risks to human species survival. Our current "accelerated" economic growth, based on COG energy, is incompatible with a human habitable bio-shell.
It will be up to the Australian public to ensure that neither of the Big
Coal Parties get to form a government with an outright
majority. If they do, it will be our climate peril. Both ALP and LNP have indicated they will do nothing to block the
Adani Carmichael Coal Mine.
So please vote third party, greens, or independents, with ALP and LNP as last choice, in that order. We've had a balance of power minority government before. They make for better democracy. This time we should make it so and keep it. Keep big corporate coal political parties out of absolute power and corruption. This your only choice if you don't want to have another new coal mine in Australia.
Chris Bowen is the current ALP Shadow Treasurer. Chris Bowen was reported by the Australian Business section, as saying the ALP will not block the Adani Coal Mine, while he is in the ALP. "
compilers of the model data offered only short explanations and not
happy ones. Its their best informed guess. Both immigration and
economic depression are mooted as likely to cause the sorts of
population and income changes predicted.
Before we get into
paroxysms of outrage, shock, and disbelief, please note, that this sort
of unevenly distributed global readjustment, is exactly along the path
and time-frame required in order to have any hope of containing global
heating to 1.5 - 2 degrees C. It most likely will not even be fast enough.
Australia's population is predicted to fall from 23 million, to around
15 million, and the decline in average purchasing power per person,
(PPP) from about $50,000 to approximately $18,500, in some sort of $US
dollar equivalent of 2017. Despite a considerable fall down the country
rankings, Australia would still be relatively well off.
Environmental Justice Australia - EJA - has made some telling points lately about who is raking in profits from coal fired power stations, and who gets to pay for it, in terms of decreased life-span or poor health, from being one of several millions of people who are the involuntary human guinea pig smokers of coal burning power station particulates. sulphur, and nitrogen oxides.