A black futureThe powerful regressive right wing of the Australian Liberal Party, exemplified if not led by a group of politicians calling themselves the Monash Forum, are trying to keep the dying coal industry alive as long as possible.
The coal industry kills millions of people world-wide each year and is one of the main causes of climate change and ocean acidification. In Australia we are losing one of the natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef, largely due to the coal industry.
Australia has among the highest emissions intensity of all the world's nations, we therefor have a great moral responsibility to take effective action to reduce our emissions.
Any sane and well informed person holding any ethical standards at all can see that coal and fossil fuels is not a future that we should be wanting to see.
A black future, that includes coal, will be a future in which our children and grandchildren and the whole world's biosphere will suffer greatly due to our failure to take the responsible actions that are obviously needed.
A green futureSouth Australia had negligible renewable energy in early 2003, by the time of writing this more than half of its electricity was being generated by wind and solar PV. In this period the state's last coal fired power station was shut down. This has been a great success story that could have been achieved even more quickly, it could and should go much further and could and should be emulated and improved upon by the other Australian states.
By far the majority of the Australian people are supportive of renewable energy; it seems very unlikely that any more coal-fired power stations will be built. Renewable energy, at least in the form of wind and solar PV, is now cheaper to build than coal-fired power stations.
The great question is, will we adopt renewable energy in Australia and elsewhere, quickly enough to avoid climate change disaster? Will our future be green, with a healthy environment, or black, with a terribly damaged environment?
EnergyHow should Australia generate its electricity?
South Australia's great success with renewables
Base load power: the facts
Mid-North South Australia, leading the nation in renewable energy
Northern SA's renewables
Impressive renewable energy developments in Australia
A tale of two cities, one progressive, the other regressive
Wind power in South Australia
Wind power in Australia
Pumped hydro energy storage
Environment, climate change, ethicsClimate change
Climate change, natural disasters and what we should be doing
Greatest crime in history
Major threatened disasters compared
Opposition to wind power and to the coal industry
The Abbott Australian Government
The end of coal
The Turnbull Australian Government
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The big three Australian power generators see no future in coalAGL's statement on the Liddell closure.
Energy Australia boss says there are much better options than keeping the old Liddell coal-fired power station running for a few more years.
Origin Energy boss rejects coal