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Climate Activist Daniel Bleakley: “I’ve had a gutful”

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Climate activist Daniel Bleakley says he’s “had a gutful” of climate inaction over the decades and wants more people to stand up

Calls to urgently dump coal

However, in some positive news, in the fight against climate change. Top climate officials are calling for the end to coal. The UN Assistant Secretary-General, Selwin Hart, says wealthy nations must stop using coal power by 2030, and the rest of the world must dump it by 2040.

Hart is urging Australia to have an honest conversation about urgently dumping coal power. Reiterating this is in the nation’s and the world’s best interest, to keep global warming within 1.5 degrees Celsius.

“Market forces alone show coal’s days are numbered,

as many investors increasingly abandon it in favour of renewables, which are now cheaper in most places,”

 

“We fully understand the role that coal and other fossil fuels have played in Australia’s economy,

even if mining accounts for a small fraction – around 2 per cent – of overall jobs.”

 

“But it’s essential to have a broader, more honest,

and rational conversation about what is in Australia’s interests because the bottom line is clear.”

 

“If the world does not rapidly phase out coal,

climate change will wreak havoc right across the Australian economy: from agriculture to tourism, and right across the services sector,”

Selwin Hart, UN Special Adviser to the Secretary-General

 

“We are going to see these coal fire power stations closing, and that’s not going to be managed…

I’m really concerned about towns like Latrobe Valley, the Hunter Valley, like Gladstone, because they’re going to be left high and dry.”

Scott Hamilton, Ticker Climate co-host

 

Shift to Electric

Daniel Bleakley, is an engineer, activist, and electric vehicle enthusiast who is spearheading a new project to change the conversation around Australia, by getting coal communities into a Tesla.

Bleakley says people are ready for the shift to electric vehicles and proof is in the data.

“July Electric vehicle sales are up 400% on July last year in Australia, and that’s without any Government incentives.”

Daniel Bleakley, Climate Activist

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A tax on Electric Vehicles?

Major Australian companies like Mitsubishi, The Electric Vehicle Council, Volkswagen are all urging the Government to avoid bringing in a tax on electric vehicles. Many Australian state Governments are facing criticism following the introduction of a new road tax.

The Victorian Labor Government has a controversial new electric vehicle tax. The tax is described as a necessary first step towards a broader user-pays approach to road usage – the government reasoning that EV drivers do not pay the fuel excise and should therefore pay their share.

“It’s crazy, we need to be incentivising electric vehicles.

At the moment we should not have any tax on electric vehicles, we should be heavily subsidising them.”

Daniel Bleakley, Climate Activist

 

 

Holly is an anchor and reporter at Ticker. She's experienced in live reporting, and has previously covered the Covid-19 pandemic on-location. She's passionate about telling stories in business, climate and health.

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Australia’s Treasurer pushing for net zero goal in line with the rest of the world

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Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is set to make the economic case for setting a 2050 net-zero emissions target for the country

Freydenberg says Australia is not transitioning in line with the rest of the world.

The treasurer will meet with business leaders on Friday, in the lead-up to the fast-approaching COP 26 climate summit in the UK.

Freydenberg will note that trillions of dollars are being used globally to support the net-zero transition… with a total of 129 countries now committed to reaching net zero by 2050.

This comes as one of the country’s leading banks “coordinated more than 50 transactions worth $100bn in climate finance-related activities” over the past year.

It follows Defence Minister Peter Dutton and Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne meeting with counterparts in the U-S over the past week and signing off on a climate action report.

This report acknowledges that climate change is a global security threat, and reflects a commitment to “make low emissions technologies globally scalable and commercially viable”

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Australian Energy Ministers set to clash over ‘CoalKeeper’ within hours | ticker VIEWS

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State and Federal Energy Ministers in Australia are gearing up to meet on Friday 24 September to discuss the energy market

As the rest of the world moves away from coal, Australian energy ministers are preparing for a potentially fractious meeting this week, to discuss keeping coal-fired plants open. This is to ensure the country’s power system remains reliable during a transition to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

The proposal, known is known as the capacity market, will provide a strategic reserve for significant events in the National Electricity Market (NEM). The NEM accounts for more than 80pc of Australia’s total electricity demand, and coal-fired plants are its largest fuel source.

But the proposal has proved to be contentious, as some state ministers have announced that they will not support it.

The Federal Government has announced its #CoalKeeper program to support the coal industry. However, experts are urging the Government to consider the opportunities in other industries to transition away from coal.

Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio is urging the Government to incentivise sectors like renewable energy. D’ambrosio will meet with Angus Taylor on Friday to go head to head about the end of coal in Australia.

“Victoria won’t support Coal-Keeper payments”

“Vicotria remains committed to clean energy investment and jobs.”

Lily D’Ambrosio, Victorian Energy Minister

Who will prevail?

The Victorian Government has been criticised for opposing “Coal-Keeper” subsidies to extend the life of coal plants. A new “capacity mechanism” aims to offer financial incentives to encourage the construction of power sources and prevent the premature closure of coal generators.

Victoria’s stance on coal is setting up a clash at the national cabinet meeting of energy ministers. It will be D’ambrosio versus Taylor. Who will prevail?

This all comes after Victorian government provided secret financial backing in March to ensure EnergyAustralia’s Yallourn plant stays in the state’s power system until 2028.

The Victorian Government refuses to release further details on this, but D’ambrosio is standing strong on her views.

NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean, an outspoken critic of the Morrison government’s climate change ambition, has given his preliminary backing to the plan but did caution he was worried about the costs.

The capacity mechanism has been endorsed by the Australian Workers’ Union and the CFMEU.

Renewable energy companies and investors including the powerful Clean Energy Investor Group say the move will kill investment in new supplies and drive up costs for consumers by subsidising old coal plants.

“There’s been no leadership from a national level”

Lily D’Ambrosio, Victorian Energy Minister

“You can’t transition tomorrow, what you can do is have a proper plan.”

“Sending a clear message to the market this energy will no longer be there, invest in new technology, invest in replacement energy.”

Lily D’Ambrosio, Victorian Energy Minister

“This coal keeper program, this is a carbon tax- but it’s going to give money to the coal-fired power stations.”

Scott Hamilton, Ticker Climate co-host 

 

 

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China to stop building coal power plants abroad

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China to stop building coal power plants abroad

China’s pledge to stop building coal-fired power plants overseas could cull $50 billion of investment as it slashes future carbon emissions, analysts said, although Beijing’s own domestic coal program is still propping up the dirty fossil fuel

China’s President Xi Jinping has declared that his country stop building new energy projects abroad that use coal, a move that was immediately welcomed by the United States and the head of the United Nations’ climate change conference.

The announcement at the UN General Assembly could affect 44 coal plants earmarked for Chinese state financing, totalling $50 billion, according to Global Energy Monitor, a U.S. think tank.

That has the potential to reduce future carbon dioxide emissions by 200 million tonnes a year, the think tank told Reuters.

Environmental groups said it would force big coal financiers like the Bank of China, linked with 10 gigawatts of overseas coal power capacity, to draw up a timetable to withdraw from the sector.

Beijing is the largest source of financing for coal power plants globally

Xi’s announcement will have a far-reaching impact on coal power expansion plans in countries like Bangladesh, Indonesia, Vietnam and South Africa.

However, Xi’s carefully worded statement revealed few details and left room for existing projects to continue.

There are already more than 20 Chinese financed coal-fired power units under construction in the world, according to data from the Boston University Global Development Policy Center.

Another 17 are in the planning stage.

The new commitment also doesn’t address China’s plans to expand its own coal-fired power plants.

According to a report published by a European think tank, China’s domestic program accounts for more than half of all the coal-powered plants under construction through the world.

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