Zero Emissions Foolishness

The Australian Climate Commission has pronounced that "emissions need to be reduced to nearly zero by 2050". Imagine Australia with "zero emissions" - which means zero production of carbon dioxide from human activities and industries. This would mean zero usage of coal, oil, petrol, diesel or gas, zero production of cement or steel and the closure of 92% of Australia's electricity generators. Sunbeams and sea breezes cannot supply 24/7 electricity - the only feasible non-carbon options for Australian grid power are nuclear or hydro. Has the Climate Commission joined the nuclear power lobby? Or do they have a secret plan for big hydro developments on the Snowy, the Franklin and the Tully-Millstream? And how do we keep our diesel-fuelled transport fleet operating? Using big, big batteries and even more nuclear or hydro power to recharge them at every roadhouse in the outback? (But once they eliminate our grazing animals and their emissions, we will not need road trains.) And...(Read Full Post)