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100% Renewable Energy by 2030

The Climate Change Authority is currently reviewing the Renewable Energy Target for Australia, and big power companies and miners are lobbying to reduce the renewable energy target. It currently stands at 20% by 2020. I think we can aim much much higher.

Australia is in an enviable position – we could actually feasibly achieve 100% renewable energy by 2030. This isn’t a pipe dream – earlier this year, the University of Melbourne Energy Research Centre has released a report with

  • A ten year roadmap for 100% renewable energy
  •  Baseload energy supplied by renewable sources
  •  Affordable at $8 per household per week

A ten year plan for no carbon tax coz no carbon to tax. Good science behind it. Technologies that are commercially available today: wind power and concentrating solar thermal with molten salt storage. Even if you thought climate change was a low risk, this would be good insurance, and worth it just for the side benefits.

Investment in renewables is an opportunity for Australia to be a smart economy leading the world in innovation and science.  It is the polar opposite path to the $2 a day wages and trash the country pathway proposed by Gina Rinehart.  It’s good work and good living all round.

I  love the internet, the way it can create an even playing field, where the power to create media rests on making sense, not money, where Gina Rinehart has the same volume as the rest of us.  Please have a say, and pass it on. It takes all of two minutes. There’s Facebook buttons below.


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  • Allana October 25, 2012, 6:49 pm

    Brilliant! Thanks for discussing this, Have voted 🙂

  • narf7 October 26, 2012, 5:40 am

    I don’t know if you heard about gunns going broke thanks to a concerted and combined effort between the local concerned citizens and the economy but the latest from the entire neopotistic debarcle is that a green energy group wants to buy the land from the site and use it to erect wind turbines :). I hope (with fingers crossed as someone who lives just around the corner from the prospective site…) that this goes ahead. What a wonderful outcome! Clean green energy produced rather than filthy poisonous effluent 🙂 A win-win situation for Tassie and for Australia. I just shared this post with my friends on Facebook I was that impressed with it 🙂 Cheers for a great feel-good post 🙂

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