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4 responses to “Climate Change Authority review”

  1. John D

    It is all very well to talk about 2020 targets but the problem is that, at times, both sides of politics seem to assume that actually doing something to meet these targets can be left to 2019. For example, an EU linked ETS is unlikely to produce a carbon price big enough to drive significant climate action for yeays and may still be disfunctional when 2020 is reached.
    What we need from both sides is a statement of tangible outcomes that they would want to achieve in this term of parliament. Tangible in this context means things like increased renewable power capacity etc. It doesn’t mean introducing a Claytons ETS or a Clayton’s direct action plan.

  2. philip travers

    I cannot see your claim that Australia has anything to offer in guidance from an Authority in its graphical presentation suggests ,Australians are world major culprits,and you use that graphical presentation just before you conclude.That is per capita stuff is the hallmark in this case,of even the authority figures without even them as an exception, are creating the problem.A simple heuristic comes to mind.Why do you want to accept an Authority’s figures [which then include themselves living their lives in this presentation,when clearly neither them as officials or] yourself as a person who is willing to agree with something that is essentially a preposterous notion!?Neither you or the Authority is wrong in being concerned if the phenomena actually exists outside of graphical presentations,but the solution to that as a problem will not be solved by a graphical presentation with the same inputs varied ,meaning the individual has reduced their own target so much that CO2 magically disappears from measurements.I know this may seem insulting to you,but,I do not think this Authority has done anything useful.More so, as I have personally found when presenting the overlooked fact of CO2 the gas,under pressure similar to pressurization to other gases behaves in a distinctly different manner.The problem then,if gas, is much more simple then the boundless energy involved in accounting for expanding gas in the atmosphere behaving to its own feral nature.The problem really of CO2 is whence was it part of before emissions!?In the case of coal mining,how to stop the small number of those electricity producers allowing no evaluation of the burning in a manner that exercises no common sense,in converting the CO2 to usefulness.As in algae growing for fuel and other purposes,which may include glue.Glue that maybe useful in stopping topsoil drift.Rather than reducing the role of the grid in these matters of restraining the feral gas,and associated particles and other toxins,the need to expand grid electricity use is more practicable.That is a scientific pursuit to apply electric current in a number of ways direct to soil,subsoil and even rock under soil.In drought the friable nature of the soil is lost,and worms microbes insectivora are all reduced.In flood ,for other reasons the health of the soil isn’t that great.Some lessons from fracking could be applied to disturbed soils that have undergone biota clearance and farming method.That is ,there simply isn’t enough research into geological matters of farm and public and private lands generally at soil level and below across Australia’s terrain.Where the grid exists nearby,and unexploited,as poles pylons and other direct possibilities.One does not have to accept that a tree cannot be disturbed once its large roots are establish in rocky conditions deep below the upper soil type.Getting down in there and giving the rocks a shake,plus connecting ground water to surge towards root system penetration,isn’t beyond humanity,and isn’t dulling the ecological approach.Mine sites in the terrain maybe more useful than what they may appear to be.Simply,an overview of electricity use may actually lead directly to CO2 being deposited below the potential of regular disturbed soils,but still safely there,including in mine sites themselves,because after all, the capture of CO2 requires legitimate places to keep an eye on it directly.The oddity of as yet,the mining interests and the pyrolysis interests not combining with the grid supplied electricity, to see if the basic human requirement to use this CO2 released as close as possible to a form pre release,is the sadness of the political interests,somehow creating conditions,where the non painfully obvious can flourish.CO2 has become a fashion item under the over exposed intrigues of the election calendar,and Australian scientists are not to be seen objecting.Conformity rules the day,in a political sheep manner.

  3. philip travers

    I doubt my opinion is the last word on the subject.If it put people off commenting, apologies! They were merely suggestions,and as yet,lacking the description of activities in action.My judgements were not about Brian and his sense of the Authority,but how I think coalescing around that Authority as a view, maybe very badly mistaken viewed in the light of individual responsibility.

  4. Brian

    John D, there was an excellent chapter in the Centre for Policy Development’s tome Pushing our Luck by John Wiseman which gave a framework for tackling climate change on a government/societal basis. I’d been hoping to do a post on it.

    Sometime soon, maybe.