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Pretty much everything you own is stolen ABC Remote 2016-10-27

Exploitation goes all the way down the resources-energy food chain. No wonder that nature is having a hard time at the bottom. Where do we start on ethical trade?  Phillip Adams interviews philosopher Leif Wenar, who is author of the book "Blood Oil".  The author argues we are all morally compromised by our dependence on resources from dictatorships and war zones. He argues we could stop buying oil from dictatorships with minimal economic impact. "Might makes right" isn't sustainable, in our closed systems on our finite planet, where what goes around, comes around.

Water New South Wales against coal mining under water catchments ABC Remote 2016-02-21

NSW Government Environment and Planning approval processes for coal mining under Sydney Water Catchments have been repeatedly warned. Long wall coal mining causes water catchment swamps to crack and drain. This is producing a loss of water supply and loss of water quality, approvals that go against specific legislation to protect Sydney Water Catchments. Future generations need secure water supply much more than we need to extract and burn more coal.

Australia's biggest coal exporter, may effectively " have no value" ABC Remote 2015-10-05

Australian share market lost $56 billion virtually overnight. Markets twigged to the concept that Glencore is up to $50 billion in debt. Glencore owns 20 operational coal mines in Australia, and claims to be the world's largest exporter of thermal coal. The prices of coal and other mineral commodities is way below costs of production, so some operations will just have to close. It might have been better for our species future if they had closed many years ago.

Costs exceed Benefits of Coal Energy ABC News remote 2016-02-15
Civilizations have fallen with diminishing marginal returns to complexity. We mine coal to burn it, mostly to keep the water boiling away for electricity generation in thermal coal power stations. The easy to mine coal has long since gone into smoke. The hard to get coal is only economic for the extractor by using brutal take it all methods such as long wall coal mining or mountain top removal by blasting. These methods destroy the landscape by destroying the geology, and destroy natural water ecosystems. The long term costs from coal mining and burning make wind and solar energy systems look far cheaper.
Fossil Fuel exploration - billions subsidized by taxpayers ABC Radio AM Remote 2014-11-12
Interview of author Shelagh Whitley from the Overseas Development Institute in London ... For fossil fuel exploration ... Australia spends up to three and a half billion a year on national subsidies - and we did a bit of math and that is equivalent to what it would cost to provide solar power to about half the homes in the entire state of Queensland. ... and previously we've been told that we have to actually keep two-thirds of fossil fuel reserves in the ground if we're to avoid dangerous climate change.
Nonsense policy for peak oil Art Berman Remote 2016-01-05

The desire to extract oil to meet the demand, whatever the costs, has most USA tight oil production losing money. No doubt a lot of environmental costs are to be paid later. Yet the USA has lifted its 40 year ban on oil exports. Global conventional cheap oil supply continues to decline. Global economics must follow. The USA is more dependent on oil imports than 40 years ago. Perhaps its manufacturing corporations based in China still want more cheap oil.

Solar energy wealth better than coal Australia Institute Remote 2016-11-07

The proposed Adani Carmichael Mine in Queensland is a lose - lose proposition. It is poor a quality, high ash content coal. It destroys Queensland Agriculture and Jobs nearly as much as it provides. Local economic benefits are dubious.  Shipping distance to India, where the coal competes with even poorer quality Indian thermal coal, loses any remaining net-energy gains. Even Adani's "poverty reduction" programs provide Solar Energy, not coal, because the benefits and economics are so much better, and the real costs of coal are terrible. Remember Paris COP21? Apparently Malcolm Turnbull doesn't.

Australian Minerals Council still controls the Australian Government Australian Remote 2015-12-04

In October 2015, 60 prominent Australians called for a ban on new and expanded coal mines. The Australian Prime Possum-Puppet Malcolm Turnbull said there will be no moratorium. Chief Executive of the Minerals Council of Australia, Brendan Pearson, has stated that the "Global Coal Boom" will continue. The Minerals Council of Australia says in south east Asia alone, global trade in coal has been predicted to increase 40% by 2040. Coal miners themselves, in spite of the current slump—anticipate a prolonged coal boom in the future, mainly driven by Asian economies. This shows they are still using the amazingly versatile black coal rocks for brains, and dollar signs to envision the future.

Climate Science is clear, fossil fuel politics less so Australian Academy of Science Remote 2015-10-28

Climate Science, presented as presented so crystal clear that even a fossil fool politician could understand, excepting that their funding may depend on their failure of  understanding.

Greg Hunt plain wrong on targets: IPCC confirms globe running out of time Australian Greens Remote 2014-11-03
...The IPCC makes it clear that the total carbon budget is 1 trillion tonnes, that half has gone already and that it will be exhausted entirely by 2043 if nothing changes. This highlights why coal from Galilee and Bowen Basins should stay in the ground.
The Australian Minerals Council welcomes its new Prime Minister Australian Mining remote 2015-12-04
The Australian Minerals Council building is the closest business building to the House of Representives in the Australian federal parliament building. It is a convenient short walk for the powerful mining lobbyists. The AMC looks forward to "working with" Malcolm Turnbull
Is the Dutch court ruling 'a game changer'? BBC Remote 2015-06-25

In a Dutch court on Wednesday 24th June 2015, a judge ruled that The Netherlands must do more to combat the threat of climate change. Urgenda, a climate action group, got together about 900 people to sue the Dutch government.  They accused the government of putting too much emphasis on adaptation, rather than meeting international obligations to tackle greenhouse gas emissions for mitigation. The court said that the Dutch Government's current plan to reduce emissions by 17% by 2020 was less than the 25-40% international norm for industrialized nations.