Development threatens indigenous cultural sites and the environment

A decision by The Hon. Justin Madden, Minister for Planning and Community Development, on one of Victoria’s longest running Environment Effects Assessment is now imminent. The proposal for major boating infrastructure at Bastion Point, Mallacoota, an iconic surf beach on Victoria’s Wilderness Coast, has met with overwhelming community opposition. The Save Bastion Point Campaign, which is supported by state, national, and international conservation and recreation organizations, maintains the development is both inappropriate and unsustainable, and will irrevocably change, to its detriment, this outstanding coastal environment and tourist destination.

Australian Gross Feed In Tariff Pressure Mounts

The Australian Senate Environment Committee’s response yesterday to a proposed uniform and nationalised system of feed-in tariffs to encourage the uptake of renewable energy technologies including wind and solar power has met with mixed reactions. 

Greens’ Milne Renews Calls For Australian Gross Feed In Tariff

Speaking at Greens National Conference being held in Brisbane, Senator Christine Milne along with 7 other Greens Party MP’s has renewed calls for a national uniform gross feed in tariff and to ensure that home owners are fairly recompensed for all renewable energy generated from any source, such as wind energy or solar power – and of any size.

Nuclear vs. wind and solar power

Lester R. Brown, referred to by the Washington Post as “one of the world’s most influential thinkers”, has recently published his views via the Earth Policy Institute on the nuclear vs. wind and solar power debate; stating that nuclear power is uneconomical compared to renewable energy.

The USA Elections And The Solar Industry

With voting in the US elections almost over, much of the renewable energy industry is hoping for an Obama/Democrats win. On the stock market, the whole solar sector has been trading higher as Barack Obama has been ahead of John McCain in recent polls.

Emissions Trading To Cost Australian Households A Dollar A Day

Australia’s Low Pollution Future: The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation was released by the Australian government yesterday and based on the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, the bottom line for households is an expectation of an increase of an average of $4 – $5 extra per week on electricity and $2 extra per week on gas and other household fuels.