Sophie Vorrath, writing on renewEconomy.com, notes the problems with the recent CSIRO report:
The final scenario, called Weathering the Storm, pictures a world where geopolitical instability has increased, driven by climate change and regional conflicts over access to land, food and water â€“ all of which leads to prolonged global economic stagnation.
Under this latter, nightmarish scenario â€“ something that may well emerge given the slow pace of decarbonisation and the rapid changes in climate â€“ the report heraldsÂ an energy future for Australia that still revolves around fossil fuels.
â€œWith volatility and uncertainty surrounding most industries, the energy market relies on tried and tested energy sources such as coal rather than further developing the potential of renewables,â€ it predicts.
â€œHigh oil and gas prices coupled with regional conflicts in oil supplying areas like the Middle East has also increased the attractiveness of coal.â€
These conditions, the report says, will mean that â€œtechnologies that allow coal to replace oil or gas as a fuel will facilitate heightened demand for Australian coal.â€
The full article: http://reneweconomy.com.au/2016/csiro-buries-its-futures-forecast-in-fossil-fuel-technologies-30556