[LINK] Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK'
janet at hawtin.net.au
Mon Nov 24 18:31:41 AEDT 2014
how is our epa going with fracking?
On 24 November 2014 at 17:45, Janet Hawtin <janet at hawtin.net.au> wrote:
> Things which would be handy in a context where we are trying to adapt to a
> dramatically smaller power consumption, local production, exploration of
> new technologies, reskilling, making diffferent tools.
> - TAFE facilities with actual equipment for new skills doing applied
> research and experimentation.
> (Loss of workshop equipment and courses)
> - Open constructive dialogue on what things people are trying eg
> through the ABC
> (Cuts to ABC, discourse restricted to personalities, divisive, win
> lose framing.
> Focus on lies make people despair of effectiveness of democracy and
> possibly want a mechanism for removing a politician which could be used to
> make it hard for anyone to do anything constructive?)
> - Financial shift to new technologies
> (breaking RET, carbon tax)
> - Science
> no proactive commitment to climate adaptation mitigation science, cuts
> to CSIRO, cuts to Universities.
> - Good water supply so that local agriculture can feed the community.
> (If fracking with toxins and radioactive elements poisons the ground
> water for all livestock and communities what is left? Mining is the only
> thing possible? That would impact China's agriculture here. Not sure what
> the mix of goals is there.
> - Feeding ourselves
> Sale of agriculture assets to China which will want to export food to
> China which would not reduce our carbon footprint and reduce local food for
> local communities?
> Price pressure on local farmers from supermarkets.)
> - Farming without hi carbon inputs and which does not reduce
> (China will use what methods?
> Changes to GMO free areas in WA, Steve Marsh v GMO)
> - Tasmanias forests
> (Changes to community's ability to act in defence of natural assets)
> - Pty Ltd and banking
> Limited liability in a context where coal at the barrier reef and
> fracking and end of fish
> shutting down people sending money to family limiting capacity for
> people to help each other
> - War
> Is the reason there is such interest in war on islam due to there
> being alternative ideas about responsibility in banking in islam?
> Perhaps our local army could be doing constructive adaptive
> engineering projects?
> (Army in Iraq spending $600k per shot of USA ammunition, spending
> billions on USA planes and submarines)
> - Wesfarmers and other retailers of all the things we buy are running
> the big miles with importing goods.
> Could they reconfigure to do low energy local production? Does it mean
> changes in scale and distribution?
> They could be a part of a change in skills and technology and local
> production but it would mean a shift in a model which has monolithic
> momentum using lots of carbon?
> - Ability to make law which helps us reconfigure.
> (China FTA and USA TPP block govt from acting if it impacts profits)
> - Aboriginal communities in WA
> (Which cities towns communities do we think *are* sustainable?)
> - Insurance
> Does PLI represent a monetary barrier or tax on community capacity,
> volunteer capacity?
> Can we do better?
> Legal, educational, communication, technology natural assets we need to
> adapt to climate issues are being deconstructed.
> Our multicultural commitment to each other and culture, infrastructure for
> being informed skilled and collaborative is being deconstructed.
> The government represents money not AU
> It would appear through the above actions that the money is not being
> invested in taking the nation forward constructively
> and in many cases is proactively breaking and removing the country's
> community's tools for change.
> Money is restricted to extraction and militarising.
> Fracking is happening in other places so I have to assume that the pattern
> is not special to AU but it is the AU stuff I can see.
> We need a plan B? How does that happen?
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