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.
Human take over of ecosystems is now critical, as this article on a global reports tells. Worsening worldwide land degradation is now ‘critical’. It is
undermining well-being of 3.2 billion people worldwide. The report
agency is called "Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services" - IPBES. In many ways this is a
more visible and serious issue than climate change.
This is the global context under which then Environment Minister Josh Frydenburg, failed to block a wetlands "development" project near Brisbane, against strong departmental advice, breaking a 25 years old international trust under the RAMSAR treaty. Large amounts of money donations have been made to both ALP (Queensland Labor state government) and Liberal Party (Federal government). The LNP attitude towards environment nature conservation is to demand which piece can be next turned into a concrete development. What is the point of having ministerial departments, when the minister has already been paid not to listen?
The Climate Council of Australia looks at the climate facts. Australia is becoming more water insecure, for obvious reasons.
As their full report details,
climate change from continued burning of coal, oil and gas, has major future survival consequences, and is creating multiple national security issues.
Both Australia and India will have heavy long term survival costs for starting any new coal mine projects. The Adani Coal Mine project, is the first of many proposed to "develop" "demolish" the entire Galillee Basin for its coal resource. We need now a new category of crimes, for such future consequences, for permanent damages to our biosphere. Demolishing the Galilee Basin for coal would qualify as a first-class terrible global climate crime. Its political perpetrators and shills need to be barred from public office, as we do now for trivial breaches of the Federal Constitution on citizenship or income irregularities. There are far too many permanent externalities for fossil fuels, and there energy excess is leading to growth of a harmful unsustainable economy. The Adani mine is a Coal Cancer.
There is no way an honest global and local environment impact assessment could allow the Adani Coal mine. The fact it is still being allowed to go ahead, indicates Australian politics and institutions are incompetent, unfit for purpose, full of climate change denial and fossil fuel money corruption, and are a long way off from taking notices of current global climate reality.
The mandate of the current minority federal government to still rule Australia continues to be the rhetorical claim of a "Strong Economy". An economy is our summary term for the overall through-put of goods and services, all of which requires energy, and also requires thoughtful handling of lots of wastes. How is the "strength" of an economy then measured? How can we be sure that the current "political managers" are really doing their job? My test is to look at how the transition to new energy sources is being managed, especially renewable energy sources, since our old fossil fuel energy systems are chock full of critical sustainability, cost and depletion problems. That doesn't worry our Fracking state governments, of WA, NSW, NT, Queensland , as they push fracking gas, in the bid to keep up with global growth in carbon dioxide and methane emissions growth.
I don't see that a complete take over of Australia Government by China can be much worse than
the idiocy we have now. So far, China isn't directly denying the causes of climate change and
threatening to pull out of the Paris 2015 climate accord. Few people can do this so well as Tony Abbott and
still manage to keep their electoral seat pre-selection.
It might have helped if the LNP had actually had an alternative pre-selection candidate to
choose from. Liberal party members had to choose between Tony Abbott and no one, and a sizeable minority
thought that no-one was the best choice. We shall now hope that electorate voters do the right thing.
Here is a link to a Graham Redfern article, on DeSmog Blog, about a finding which got next to no mention by the Big Political Parties and Media.
It shows the influence of Gina Rinehart and also no doubt, her fellow class mates, on the Australian Government. Money does it all.
The IPA is an influential right wing think tank with close ties to Australia’s governing Liberal Party.
IPA fellows regularly appear in the media. Payments suggest that more than a third of the
IPA’s income in 2016 and 2017 was from HPPL — majority-owned
privately by Gina Rinehart.
The corporate media has failed abysmally at preparing the public for a climate changed world,
let alone reporting on it. Forget about it for any serious alarmed mention by any of the major party politicians &
media in Australia. Forget about it for anything but seriously same-old public relations
bullshit in shovel loads of readiness for next federal election.
Climate Change, ought to be relabelled as "Economic Climate Change",
since collapsing our global economy is the only possible way that remains to maintain a human habitable planet.
In any case, the global economy will collapse regardless in another decade or two,
after production limits for fossils take hold, but only after we have made future climate change that much worse again.
Its pretty obvious from 2 recent books I have read in full,
that our state and federal governance regards global warming, comes last among all the other environmental predicaments.
All are afraid of doing anything that might actually help. We have an entire culture of first - class idiots and elites throwing away the
life-boats on their Titanic engine of Global Growth. Faster and Further go the Life Bull-Dozers,
while the captains of industry refuse to change course.
Renewables, excluding large hydro, made up three-fifths of
net power capacity growth in 2017 and supplied a record 12% share of
global electricity generation.
Global renewable investment held steady, with falling costs ensuring
the same money bought record levels of new capacity. Within that,
developing nations, led by China, claimed an ever-larger share of the
total as investment fell steeply in several European countries.
I don't think I heard any news items about our federal budget showing fiduciary responsibility
for action on global warming.
News publications are similarly silent, only David Pope had a decent cartoon.
Ian Dunlop pre-empted them all with an article in Renew Economy.