Climate change - what to do?

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Re: Climate change - what to do?

Postby GeoffHammond » Sat Mar 27, 2010 8:50 am

Stumbled upon (if you will forgive me the phrase) this: ... -r36f.html

at which time it was reinforced to me that We are only really interested in energy options that cost not a lot more than what we are currently doing.

Of course, it would be too easy to simply say "We're all doomed!", except that even with a Scottish accent, I'm guessing (hoping?) most readers of this forum would miss the reference... :D
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Re: Climate change - what to do?

Postby PeterReefman » Sat Mar 27, 2010 9:31 am

Interesting to note this line
While solar energy costs are expected to fall sharply over the next decade, the study warns that it could be 20 years before solar is a financially attractive option.
amongst all of the problems with coal and both the carbon cost AND uncertainties of CCS, and nuclear in terms of cost (and potential danger/political fallout/nimbys/etc).

20 years eh? So the flipside of that, according to the OECD report, is that solar WILL be financially viable against coal/nuclear in 20 years.

I would have thought that any country serious about securing long term energy infrastructure would be looking a lot LONGER term than just 20 years, and a report like this suggests to me that it would be a huge waste of money and mistake for a country like Australia to spend MANY billions of $$$ developing/chasing CCS over that same 20 year period.
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Re: Climate change - what to do?

Postby munter » Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:45 pm

A continued lack of leadership by our political representatives in NSW is resulting in a "more of the same" approach to power generation in this state. If NSW Labor wasn't so transparently in the pocket of unions and developers perhaps they could actually look out for the interests of the people of NSW and develop a sustainable renewable energy industry. Here's a link to an article notifying of the NSW Government's recent approval of the concept plan for another coal fired power station, this time at Lithgow. ... -rpfx.html - my energy efficiency blog
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