by Randy MacEwen, President & CEO Ballard Power, Canada.
recently published its 19th consecutive Global Automotive Executive
Survey 2018. The survey concluded, “There will not be a single
solitary drivetrain technology: Executives project a similar split by
2040 for Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) (26%), Fuel Cell Electric
Vehicles (FCEVs) (25%), ICEs (Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) (25%)
and hybrids (24%).”
report also noted, “FCEVs have replaced BEVs as this year’s #1
key trend until 2025.” Yes, you read that correctly – hydrogen
fuel cell vehicles top the list as the key trend.
Massive amounts of water are being stolen from the Darling River System, under the noses of regulators.
Jeremy Buckingham blames inappropriate large scale cotton farming in Queensland, and deep corruption in the National Party.
NSW has very careless and lax regulation standards for
our existing Coal fired power stations.
They are badly managed and produce many avoidable public health consequences,
as shown in this linked report from Enviro-Justice.
It is remarkable how so many conservative politicians are oblivious to what is going on in the world.
We have ongoing global "Earth Systems Disruption" from climate change, energy resource depletion, and threats to water and agriculture. These have already helped cause government breakdowns and human consequences of wars, malnutrition, disease and forced migrations. These are "Human System Disruptions" made worse by failures of recognition and adaptation to Earth System Disruptions. Coal mining and Coal fired power stations are big economic losers to renewable energy, and are dirty polluting technology that we
have to loose now, or loose our own prosperity, health and survival chances in future.
Some confronting metaphors here in this thought-filled article from Nate Hagens and DJ White. The best thing to read before Xmas present comparisons.
Rising GDP is dependent on burning more fossil fuels, which replaces meaningful human work,
with increasingly complex 'energy slave' systems.
Investing in GDP, and more fossil fuels, makes less sense than the giant stone statues built on Easter Island,
that required sacrifice of its last trees. Too many of our remaining jobs are 'make-work'
to pay for the consumer items desired by our status-seeking monkey brains.
As fossil fuels decline, human labor will become necessary for important work again.
In this age of carbon emissions overshoot and
global warming limits overshoot, at least nine so-called ‘mega mine' proposals have been
slated for the Galilee Basin, including the Alpha Coal project.
Mining the area will destroy too much land and water. It is far too much coal to burn in a world already going experiencing
climate change extremes. Burning this amount of coal is a global survival risk, and of course the Great Barrier Reef will be no more.
We had climate change political fireworks on Radio National Breakfast
over the past few days. (17-Nov-2017, 20-Nov-2017). The most radical
item on Friday was the report on a challenge BHP contradictions between
their financial support for the Minerals Council of Australia, and BHP's
public policy 'positions' on climate change mitigation.
BHP in alliance with Rio Tinto, provides the
MCA with about 60% of its funding. The MCA claims all successful responsibility for Australia's climate and energy policy failure.
Of course its Australia's Progress lack of progress in climate change action that our Australian Climate Council focuses on.
We have experienced a deep betrayal by our systems of Government and our failures of community responsibility to ourselves to change that.
Despite the worlds most abundant solar and wind resources, Australian government policy has been going
backwards in a "time warp".
Australia coal plants are "non-dispatchable" sources of electricity, that is it they are not capable of being turned on or off at the flick of switch, and are best suited for steady "baseload" output. Coal and Gas are "non-renewable", and also "non-burnable" because of our global climate emergency. The "National Electricity Guarantee" marketing brochure put out as government policy defines coal as "dispatchable" energy. Coal as "dispatchable energy" is a sales marketing promotion gimmick that is very typical of the Minerals Council of Australia.
Energy Security Board told to ignore climate lobby groups, and Australian obligations to Paris Climate Treaty. It looks like another attempt to impose coal and gas tyranny on Australia by the Minerals Council of Australia and a few big energy corporations.
The Liberal/National Energy idea is simply a lifeline to non-renewable energy that
will keep electricity prices high. It is a solution that gives a financial solution to a technical problem, empowers retailers,
leaves lots of fat for the key players, but lots of bills for the consumer and slows progress
on climate change. It is so sketchy on detail and definition of various parameters that
it cannot be counted as a plan or policy. It is simply a political statement.
Nic Clyde, from Lock the Gate, said that a number of motions concerning
climate risks were being put to the Origin AGM, all of which Origin had advised its share holders to vote against.
Origin clearly quantify its risks for stranded assets of fossil fuel interests, because of carbon emission limits for having a safe climate.
Origin as a energy corporation, and a major energy provider in Australia,
needs to publish its plan for transition to net-zero carbon energy systems.
Origin needs to measure amounts of fugitive emissions from its existing gas operations.
I have also just taken part in a "National Day of Action" on
7th October 2017, for the "#StopAdani" campaign.
I was one of thousands of human pixels, as seen by drone camera, for a large "Stop Adani" sign on Bondi Beach.
Later later on that day a similar event in a large park in Newtown. Similar events happened all over Australia.
Australian Federal Government is run for and by export coal and gas business owned by foreign corporatchiks. Government ministers do not care about our climate emergency because there are hundreds of billions of dollars to be made by fleecing Australia.
Can Malcolm Turnbull keep on fooling the woolly-brained forever?
"Coal and Gas at any cost" -
The big gas companies have been robbing us blind. They are creating economic turmoil and
trying to shift the blame to farmers and communities. And the Federal Government is right behind them.
They’re adding insult to injury by using a fake “crisis” as an excuse to destroy more of our
farmland and natural areas - and risk even more of our precious water resources