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The Finkel Review: Not Just a CET – It’s Actually About Keeping the Lights on

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On June 8, the much anticipated Finkel Review (Blueprint for the Future: Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market) was released. Much has already been written about the merits of the proposed emission reduction mechanism (a “Clean Energy Target”) and whether this would satisfy the Coalition, why it didn’t advocate a stronger emission reduction target, nor a swift end to coal.

But this was not the aim of the Finkel Review. It was about fixing up the National Electricity Market (NEM). The alternative to fixing the NEM may well be a return to public ownership and control. Although this could be a good thing, it is not on the governments’ agenda right now. Agreement on an emission reduction mechanism was regarded as an important step in getting new private sector investment, mainly in gas-fired power stations, so the market would operate as intended.

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June 14, 2017 at 11:58 am 1 comment

Wills MP Peter Khalil states that Adani mine should not go ahead.

Moreland says Stop Adani 1 ReplyClimate Action Moreland, along with other concerned Moreland residents and groups, have been pushing our federal MP Peter Khalil (Wills) to oppose the Adani coal mine project. We invited him to our Moreland Says Stop Adani action on May 12 to address residents’ concerns. We made frequent attempts to contact him, but received no reply until an email today. The full text of this email is reproduced below. (more…)

May 16, 2017 at 4:04 pm 1 comment

Modernising Australia’s electricity grid – CAM’s submission to inquiry

Climate Action Moreland has made a submission to the House of Representatives Inquiry into Modernising Australia’s electricity grid. It is reproduced below.

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April 28, 2017 at 5:10 pm Leave a comment

Transitioning from Coal to Renewable Energy – CAM’s Submission to Senate Inquiry

Climate Action Moreland has made a submission to the Senate Inquiry on the Retirement of Coal-Fired Power Stations. It is reproduced below.

Our submission discusses and is guided by the following principles:

  • Australia needs to rapidly transition to zero net emissions. The closure of coal fired power stations is an essential first step in this process.
  • All of Australia’s communities need to plan a transition to a zero net emissions society based on 100% renewable energy and slashing energy wastage through energy efficiency and conservation.
  • Communities that rely on coal power need a just transition plan that will not only mitigate the job losses experienced, but also help transform their economies to allow their communities to prosper in the future.
  • In conjunction with the closure of coal-fired power, governments must complement these policies with strategies to ensure that our electricity systems are secure and reliable, and that electricity is affordable for all Australians.
  • Rather than relying predominantly on market mechanisms, the transition will also require national planning, strong regulations and direct government investment and ownership.
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Loy Yang Power Station – Photo by John Englart

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November 9, 2016 at 11:58 am 1 comment

Candidates for Moreland Council sign Climate Emergency Declaration

Many climate activists are now calling on the Australian Parliament to declare a climate emergency and initiate a society-wide mobilisation. For more detail, see the Climate Emergency Declaration website

We have asked candidates running for Moreland Council if they will sign the Climate Emergency Declaration.  Thanks to the following candidates who have responded:

North East Ward: Sue Bolton; Natalie Abboud; Imogen Jubb
North West Ward: Dale Martin
South Ward: Dean O’Callaghan; Ray Pastoors (signed online); Jessica Dorney; Mark Riley; Samantha Ratnam
See the results.

 

Election day is Saturday 22 October 2016. Here are the responses candidates sent to our climate survey:

We also recommend reading the following booklet by one of our members, David Spratt: Climate Reality Check (PDF)

21 prominent Australians signed this ad in June 2016 calling for a climate emergency declaration

21 prominent Australians signed this ad in June 2016 calling for a climate emergency declaration (Click to read the ad)

 

October 17, 2016 at 2:46 pm 3 comments

Australian Climate Justice movement: Pacific Perspectives

by Nic Maclellan

For much of the Australian climate movement, international solidarity  has focused on travelling to the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COPs), or financing delegates from indigenous communities and the Asia-Pacific region to participate in global summits.

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Photo from Pacific Island Climate Action Network

I want to suggest that there are other practical ways that we can work with our counterparts in the Pacific islands region, without just focusing on the COPs.

With the Paris Agreement creating the framework for action for the next decade, I suspect that there will be increasing focus by Pacific Island Countries (PICs) on implementation, and on forcing OECD countries to meet their pledges. This will see increased pressure on Australia through the Pacific Islands Forum.
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February 19, 2016 at 8:42 pm Leave a comment

Australia is still a climate fossil

The Fossil of the Day awards are given each day at the UN climate talks. They are a great way for climate activists to expose who has done their best that day to spoil the climate talks.

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Fossil of the day trophy

At the 2014 climate talks, Australia won so many Fossil of the Day awards, that they were dubbed the Fossil of the Year (or the Colossal Fossil). And the same in 2013! Believe me, this is not an award that we should be winning.

This year, Australia is doing better. It took us 10 days to pick up a Fossil of the Day award (shared with Argentina).

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Picture by John Englart from awards ceremony. (Yellow text added)


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December 11, 2015 at 10:59 am 1 comment

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