Tag Archive | Peter Garrett

Breaking News for Coober pedy!

Cobber Pedy is an Opal Mining Town… It is not connected to town Power,

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And most of the population live underground to avoid the heat….

It is situated in South Australia and as you can see from the photo is Desert.

However the folks here are mining Opals… of the highest Quality.

It is a pretty town with great Characters and charm…

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This has just appeared on the Yahoo news  site…

Australia’s largest solar power station is to be built at Coober Pedy, in South Australia’s mid-north, to provide more than 10 per cent of the city’s electricity needs.
Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett said the $7.1 million project would feature 26 solar dishes, each one 14 metres high, to produce 1,860 megawatt hours of power each year.
Coober Pedy was chosen because it is not connected to the electricity grid and gets all its power from diesel generators.
The solar power station will cut diesel use in the town by 520,000 litres, saving 1,500 tonnes of greenhouse gases.Mr Garrett described the project as groundbreaking and an example of the federal government’s commitment to a clean energy future.
The federal government will provide $3.55 million for the station with other funding coming from the state government and private industry.  South Australian Premier Mike Rann said the project would consolidate the state’s reputation as a leader in renewable energy initiatives.
“It reinforces our willingness to collaborate and invest in practical solutions to climate change in our communities,” Mr Rann said.
“South Australia already provides nearly half of the nation’s wind power, more than 45 per cent of the nation’s grid-connected solar power and is home to more than 80 per cent of all geothermal exploration activity in Australia.”
The new Coober Pedy power station is expected to begin generating electricity by the end of 2009.

I ask the Question Why is it only 10% of the towns power
to remove the need to run Generators at all?
Well done to Federal Government and finally something good from Peter Garrett,
however there is along way to go…..

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Scientific Bullshit!

How can killing a mother and child be in the interest of science…

Well thats what Japan has started to do with these beautiful creatures…..

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click here for the full story: Herald Sun 
the video attached to the story is not pretty but you must watch to see how far these whalers will go……
ENVIRONMENT Minister Peter Garrett has described as “distressing” photos showing the Japanese whaling fleet dragging aboard a dead mother whale and her calf.
He says the photos would help build up global opposition to whaling.
The images show a minke whale and her calf being harpooned and then winched onto the Japanese vessel Yushin Maru. “I guess when I saw the photos I just felt a bit of a sick feeling as well as a sense of sadness,”
Mr Garrett told the Nine Network today. “It’s very disappointing. It’s distressing when you think that it can take up to 15 minutes after a harpoon actually hits a whale for the whale to die. “It’s even sadder when you consider there’s a calf involved.” Mr Garrett says the photos reinforce Australia’s view that killing whales in the Southern Ocean is wrong.
I can not understand why the rest of the world is allowing this barbaric practice to continue….
How dare the Japanese Government do this? I have thought for the longest time that the Japanese people were and are a caring country, environmentally conservative and for the most part against cruelty in all its forms….. maybe I am wrong and they are showing their true colours as barbarians……
The video of this hunt is available at Herald Sun …. I must warn you its not pretty
This Must Stop!
Lets work together
tell your friends
Tell the Japanese people
because I seriously doubt whether they would see these images….
Help save these creatures for our grandkids….

Lets Stop the Rot!

 From this

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To this:

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From this:

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To this:

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I recently posted on the Tamar Valley Pulp Mill and voiced my disgust at its approval…. There is a definate double standard running through the Climate and Environment subject here in Australia…Yesterday Kevin Rudd has Announced $200 million dollars to help protect the Great Barrier Reef from dieing…Well Done Mr Rudd a Worthy cause.

But still no one from either of the political parties  has come out against this Mill why?

Arent the People of Tasmania worthy of clean air, clean water, food, soil?

Aren’t our endagered creatures worth as much as the animals on the Mainland or is it the fact that Tasmania has a population of less than 500,000.

I do feel it is the latter?

I am trying very hard not to be politically bias however on this subject I am not being given much choice.  The only party willing to stand up for us at the moment is the Greens and Bob Brown. They have stated they will not be handing over preferrences to either party in Tasmania this is terrific start….

Come on people help stop fellow Australians being poisoned slowly by yet another Gunns initiative… For those of you who don’t know whatc happening check out http://aussiecynic.com/?p=209

The latest on the Mill

This is my pet gripe at present. If you haven’t already realised….

In the interests of a reasonable discussion I have tried to find information at various sources to give a balanced and unbias view of this topic…. However apart from the media spin and government bodies telling us how good it will be and that it is up there with worlds best pratice I have yet to find any information which will tell me let alone convince me it is safe in the areas of health, air, water, environment both land and marine….

The Federal Minister for the Environment Malcolm Turnbull has approved this mill with the support of the Federal Labor Government, but his powers only cover a few areas not the full range of environmental issues raised by this development….  

I have included the most recent press release information from The Wilderness Society and a second release which tells you what the problem is.

There are also links and references to learn more….

So please read on for whats really happening down here in Tasmania……

Scientists address unanswered questions from pulp mill assessment

The Wilderness Society (Tasmania) Inc
Media Release
14 OCTOBER 2007

A public meeting held today in Sydney highlighted the failures and unaddressed the issues in the assessment of Gunns’ highly controversial Tasmanian pulp mill. The event featured key scientific experts and climate change campaigners and was the first opportunity for the public to have outstanding questions answered in the wake of the federal government’s approval of the pulp mill.

“This event has proved important in raising public awareness of the inadequacies of the pulp mill’s assessment and having credible scientific experts cut through the spin and highlight the environmental, social and climate change damage associated with this mill,” said Vica Bayley, spokesperson for The Wilderness Society. 

“The mill’s appetite for native forests and the effects this would have on biodiversity, water and climate change have gone totally unassessed by either the state or federal government.”

Very conservative estimates of the carbon emissions generated by the logging needed to feed the mill indicate over 10 million tonnes of CO2 would be emitted each year. This is equivalent to 2% of Australia’s emissions or an additional 2.3 million cars on the road each year. Once more studies are completed and more understanding is gained about the amount of carbon stored in Tasmania’s forests, net emissions are expected to be found to be 2–3 times higher than this.

“Despite the two government assessments, positive spin, and considerable media coverage, the public are full of questions and outraged at the selective, narrow and inadequate assessment of such a massive industrial project,” continued Mr Bayley.

“The interest in this event demonstrates a high level of community concern and keeps the pressure on both major parties who support this destructive proposal.”

“Both the Prime Minister and opposition leader Kevin Rudd have locked their parties into backing the construction of this pulp mill despite the unaddressed scientific questions and massive community opposition,” said Mr Bayley.

“Both claim to be leading the world with policies that deal with climate change, yet both turn a blind eye to the massive carbon emissions of current logging and the additional carbon emissions that would be generated by this pulp mill.”

“Protecting existing carbon dense forests should be the first step in any credible climate change policy. Approving the pulp mill could shut the door on this option. It will commit future generations to dangerous climate change, causing worsening weather cycles such as drought and extreme fire conditions,” concluded Mr Bayley.
For more information, please contact:

Vica Bayley
Tasmanian Forest Campaigner
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Why the proposed Tamar Valley Pulp Mill would be a disaster

 

Our forests
The pulp mill will initially be 80% based on native forest.1 It will destroy forests in the Great Western Tiers, North-East Highlands and Ben Lomond. Gunns’ woodchip exports will continue from the Hampshire and Triabunna woodchip mills.1 The combined appetites of these mills plus the pulp mill will double the current rate of woodchipping in Tasmania.1

Our ocean and beaches
Experts—including the Tasmanian Government’s own consultant, Sweco Pic—have said that Gunns failed to carry out adequate baseline studies and modelling of the effluents.2 Oceanographers have warned that the effluent will frequently blow back to shore and into the Tamar Estuary.3

Our marine life and fisheries
The 64,000 tonnes of effluent that the pulp mill will discharge into Bass Strait every day contain small quantities of dioxins and furans—some of the deadliest substances known to science.4 These build up over time in the food chain, contaminating fish, shellfish, seals and other marine life. This could damage our export fishing industry, which relies on a clean reputation.

Our wildlife
Scientists have warned that planned logging in Tasmania’s north-east threatens animals and birds with local extinction.5 These include the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle, the spotted-tail quoll and the giant freshwater crayfish.

Our water
The pulp mill will consume 26 to 40 billion litres of fresh water each year.1 This is almost as much as the combined use of all water users in Northern Tasmania.6  Research shows that plantations can reduce stream flow by over 50%.7 Meanwhile, north-east Tasmania can expect a forecast reduction in rainfall of 8% over 30 years due to climate change.8 

The air of the Tamar Valley
The pulp mill will stink. ‘Fugitive emissions’ of odour from hundreds of sources within the mill’s complex will drift to homes, businesses, farms and wineries in the vicinity of the mill.9 The Australian Medical Association (Tasmanian branch) says the pulp mill ‘could cause an increase in the already existing morbidity and mortality from atmospheric pollutants’.10

Our climate
Each year the pulp mill will use four million tonnes of wood for pulping and 500,000 tonnes for burning to generate power.1 Logging of native forests to supply the mill over 25 years will produce greenhouse gases equivalent to the CO2 released by all the cars, trucks and buses in Tasmania over 80 years.11

Our economy
Independent economists have warned that the pulp mill could cost Tasmania’s economy $3.3 billion and hundreds of lost jobs in the tourism, fishing and agricultural industries. The mill has already cost taxpayers millions of dollars. If it proceeds, it could cost the taxpayer an additional $800 million.12

53% of voters in Bass oppose the pulp mill while only 35% support it. 70% of Bass voters support a chlorine-free, 100% plantation-based pulp mill at Hampshire.13

Read about the pulp mill rally at Low Head, Tasmania, on 7 October.

REFERENCES

  1. Gunns Ltd, Bell Bay Pulp Mill, Draft Integrated Impact Statement
  2. Assessment of the Gunns Limited Bell Bay Pulp Mill against the Environmental Emission Limit Guidelines, Sweco Pic, June 2007; Miotti Consulting Peer Review of Sweco Pic Report
  3. Dr Stuart Godfrey http://www.cleantamar.com.au/pulp_mill_press_release.html
  4. Gunns’ referral under the EPBC Act, April 2007
  5. University of Melbourne and Forestry Tasmania 2003; Bekessy transcripts, Wielangta court case 2006
  6. Annual Reports, Esk Water and Cradle Coast Water
  7. Trading water for carbon with biological carbon sequestration, Jackson et al. 23 December 2005 Vol 310 Science.
  8. Tasmanian Government Draft Climate Change Strategy 2006
  9. Dr Warwick Raverty
  10. Australian Medical Association Tasmania, position statements, http://www.amatas.com.au/issues/
  11. Trees—the Forgotten Solution to Climate Change, The Wilderness Society 2006
  12. Business Round Table for Economic Sustainability, http://www.lec.org.au/
  13. Newspoll 27–28 August 2007, 400 respondents

The Great Pretender

Do you remember this Band…..Midnight Oil …..Australia’s Greatest Environmentally Active and Socially Conscious Bands of the late 20th Century.
For those who don’t Remember them or Just want to Reminise Heres a clip… Remember this concerning the aboriginal cause?

His Environmental Activism lead him to become the President of the Australian Conservative Foundation, for wilderness protection. Peter Garrett is now The Shadow Environment Minister….. All Environment Conscious people of Australia rejoiced in what seemed like a coup for the Environment a Saviour has come to the political Void.
But Alas it was all in Vain…. So what was Peter Garrett saying in regards to the Tamar Valley Pulp Mill….You should watch this……

Thousands of people and Peter Garrett Fans are astounded and disheartened the change in attitude of this man….
Have we been lied too for last 20 years or are we being lied too now…It is hard to judge….
This Would have to be biggest Back Flip in History, and although we all understand you need to tow the party line I do Believe

MR PETER GARRETT you NEED to Grow a SPINE!

Because Mr Garrett… you are a Disgrace to this Generation of Australians and the Next…

We Hope and Pray this lack of Backbone is just a rouge to get you in the door where the changes needed to change the Australian Governments record on The Environment can take place….