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Tony Abbott in denial

There’s a lovely summary of government energy policy on the RenewEconomy webiste:

Grahame Morris – a former chief of staff to Coalition prime minister John Howard, and a corporate lobbyist who is influential in the government of Tony Abbott – had, in the words of Q & A host Tony Jones, steam coming out of his ears at the idea that wind and solar could offer a future energy solution.

morrisFlapping his arms about and pointing his finger, Morris exclaimed: “Look, not everyone wants a bloody big windmill in their backyard … nuclear power is clean … one of the problems with the third world with poverty is that they don’t have electricity. We have coal and we have uranium that can provide energy sources for those people. You are talking about poverty  … that is the answer.”

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Raising CANE: the Campaign Against Nuclear Expansion

The SA Government has launched a Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Cycle in the hope of garnering support for an expansion of the nuclear industry. The terms of reference and the makeup of the commission and its experts are clearly biassed towards expanding the industry.

We believe this is an attempt to soften up the public for the creation of a nuclear waste dump for high-level waste from overseas.

FoE Adelaide are proud to announce the launch of the Campaign Against Nuclear Expansion

We believe that renewable energy is the best alternative to fossil fuels and SA is not the place for a nuclear waste dump, an enrichment facility or expansion of uranium mining.

How you can help

If you’ve got time, or skills to help in the campaign, contact FoE Adelaide or meet fellow campaigners upstairs at Kappy’s Tea & Coffee Merchants at 1/22 Compton Street, Adelaide, between 4 and 6pm Mondays.

Keep up to date on events by joining the FoE anti-nuke google newsgroup (email and ask to subscribe), or subscribe to the fortnightly email from FoE Adelaide (form on website, bottom left).

Join Friends of the Earth Adelaide

If you’ve got a busy job and can afford it, please contribute to the CANE fund, either with a one-off donation, or a regular contribution (eg $10, $20 or $50) for several weeks or months.  Here’s an online donation form

FoE Adelaide Plans

Friends of the Earth Adelaide have hired a part-time campaigner to respond to the Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, highlighting how we wish to keep our state nuclear-free. They’ll also note opportunities to interact with the Royal Commission and campaign for renewables.

  • We’ve already allocated $5000 towards the campaign, but we hope to raise more funds to extend the campaign into the public arena.

Activists call on BHP Billiton to Abandon Borneo Coal Mines

Submitted by Cam Walker on Tue, 26/05/2015 – 12:57

Melbourne, 26 May 2015. Activists today attempted to unfurl a giant banner in BHP Billiton headquarters containing the names of over 9,000 people who are calling for the company to abandon its plans to build a series of coal mines in some of the last remaining stands of primary rainforest in Indonesian Borneo. The banner – measuring 12 square metres – was to be hung in the foyer of BHP Billiton’s head offices in Melbourne, but was quickly confiscated by BHP Billiton security (image of banner available below). A protest is also planned for BHP Billiton’s London offices tonight, Australian time, and the petition will be formally presented to company management.

The petition calls the series of mines – known as the IndoMet project – a “disaster in the making” and asks BHP Billiton (BHPB) to “withdraw from IndoMet immediately and seek permanent protection for the area.”… Read more >>

The world is waking up to the $5.3 trillion cost of fossil fuels

A report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released on Monday, estimated that global fossil fuel use is subsidised to the tune of US$5.3 trillion a year (6.5% of global GDP).

The striking finding of the IMF, echoing previous work by economists such as Nicholas Muller, Robert Mendelsohn, and William Nordhaus for the United States, is that the third category of costs, smog and particulates, is easily the largest. Within this category, the biggest cost is due to particulate emissions from coal.

Professor John Quiggin, School of Economics at The University of Queensland notes that:

It follows that, even disregarding impact of climate change, the costs of burning fossil fuels outweigh the benefits in many cases. So, a reduction in fossil fuel use, and particularly in coal use makes economic sense.

He suggests rhis will drive China and India to abandon coal.

More details in his article from The Conversation.


Trade deals threatened pesticide ban in Europe

EU moves to regulate hormone-damaging chemicals linked to cancer and male infertility were shelved following pressure from US trade officials over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade deal, newly released documents show.

Draft EU criteria could have banned 31 pesticides containing endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). But these were dumped amid fears of a trade backlash stoked by an aggressive US lobby push, access to information documents obtained by Pesticides Action Network (PAN) Europe show.

The report in a recent Guardian shows our concern over trade deals such as the TPP are well justified.… Read more >>