On the Blogs: Australian Government Proposes Funneling Clean Energy Funds Into Coal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Sophie Vorath for RenewEconomy:The Turnbull Coalition government has kicked off its informal re-election campaign by repeating its desire to build a massive coal fired power station in north Queensland, only this time it proposes to use climate funds to help pay for the project.In confirmation that little has changed in the switch from the Abbott to the Turnbull regimes, Queensland MP Ewan Jones became the latest member of the Coalition to outline the federal government’s plan for future energy innovation: more fossil fuels.On the same day as a compelling economic case for shifting Australia to 100 per cent renewable energy is published, and just days ahead of Australia signing the Paris climate agreement, Jones suggested that the government could use funds from Direct Action, as well as the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the northern Australian infrastructure fund, to support development of a 1.2GW coal-fired generator in north Queensland.Ignore for a moment the fact that Australia already has a surplus of nearly 7,000MW of coal-fired capacity, and the carbon emissions impact of adding yet more, Jones argued that a coal-fired power station was critical to address unemployment issues around Townsville.Leaving aside the obvious contradiction of using federal government funds allocated to fight climate change and to finance renewable energy to build a coal plant to power a coal mine, it sounds like a great plan – just not one for this century.For a more 21st century approach to the problems of future energy supply in a world that is committed to curbing dangerous global warming, the Coalition need only take a look at the Institute for Sustainable Futures in Sydney report, released on Tuesday.The report, which was commissioned by GetUp and Solar Citizens, models a scenario where not just electricity, but also all transport and heat used by Australian industry, is transitioned to 100% renewable energy by 2050.The study found that making this shift would cost about $800 billion between now and 2050. And while that amounts to about $650 billion more than continuing with the status quo, this cost is more than cancelled out by removing the need for fossil fuels, and thus saving the economy up to $740 billion; a total saving of $90 billion over the period to 2050.In short, fuel cost savings would cover 110 per cent of the capital investment required to transition the economy.Separately, John Hewson, a former leader of the Liberal Party leader and an economist,  said, “the Adani Carmichael mine is a massive mistake for this country” – both economically and from the point of view of climate change. The Indian energy minister this week repeated his intention to bring an end to coal imports into India“To contemplate opening a large new mine simply for the benefit of exporting that coal to India, it boggles my mind.”“Having said that I think there are some interesting projects around in North Queensland,” he added, pointing to a project in the region he had been working on for the last couple of years, which was helping the sugar cane industry diversify, by keeping the waste the gas from the sugar cane and using it to generate 100 per cent renewable electricity.“You can have a game changer in the sugar industry by a simple application of technology. I think that’s where a big future exists for northern Australia, is applying technology. And you can have a lot of renewable energy generated in the sugar industry all the way down the coast if you just apply that simple model.”“The model we have is you build a plant a mill that’s about a 100-year life, you pay back all the debt and equity under that model in 25 years and the family get to own it…for the next 75 years, pass it on to your family.“These are solutions that have got economic benefit, obviously jobs and growth, but equally very significant social benefits, and they keep families together, they keep the industry going, they rejuvenate a town like Townsville.”Coalition wants to build 1.2GW coal plant, using climate funds On the Blogs: Australian Government Proposes Funneling Clean Energy Funds Into Coallast_img read more

Person sentenced in kidnapping case

first_imgMadison, IN— A Jefferson County woman was sentenced Monday in the Jefferson Circuit Court following a lengthy sentencing hearing. Elani Hines was convicted of Kidnapping, a level 3 felony, and sentenced to 12 years. Hines will serve six years in the Indiana Department of Correction and will be eligible to serve six years under supervision by Community Corrections. The charges are from an investigation initiated on June 19, 2019.Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department received a report from a young female and her mother that the young female had been assaulted by two older girls. Deputies interviewed the victim and observed bruises and swelling on her face, head, and hands. In addition, Deputies observed that it appeared that parts of the victim’s hair had been shaved off and some pulled out.The victim advised that she had been staying at a friend’s house when two young women, later identified as Elani Hines and Hailey Bartley arrived at the home. The victim advised that Hines and Bartley forcibly removed her from her friend’s house, took her to the Hines residence and began beating her, especially in the head. The victim advised that the two then pulled her into the bathroom and began attempting to shave her head with clippers. The victim said Bartley also held a knife to her and told her if she told anyone she would have people from Indianapolis kill her.During the course of the investigation, officers learned of two potential witnesses to parts of the events. Interviews of those witnesses corroborated the victim’s statement and led to the seizure of Bartley’s mobile phone. Further, Deputy Miller interviewed Hines who admitted her involvement.Detectives with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department arranged for Bartley’s phone to be forensically analyzed. The phone analysis revealed photos and video of the incident stored on the device. Detective Denning described the photos and video from the phone as “quite disturbing” and as depicting “Hailey and Elani hitting, kicking, strangling and torturing” the victim over a period of time.Bartley is scheduled to be sentenced on September 4, 2020.last_img read more

Trailing Detuya was Alcher Sanopao who was just o

first_imgTrailing Detuya was Alcher Sanopao, who was just one second behind with a time of 21:14 while Riche Bation rounded off the top three with a time of 21:23.Veteran runner Christy Tutor was the closest pursuer of Camanso after clocking 23:33 while Jade Abellana settled for third with a time of 23:50.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPasig to sue 6 enforcers for extortionThe running event was for the benefit of the typhoon survivors in northern Cebu. It was organized by PRO-7 headed by Supt. Renato Dugan. Joel Baring of Sports and Fitness Enthusiasts (SAFE) manned the race. /CORRESPONDENT DALE G. ROSAL PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Read Next It’s time to consider taking sea row to UN – Del Rosario Baybayin revival makes native PH history hip Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal Painters refuse to go quietly JOEL Detuya and Jennalyn Camanso emerged the fastest runners in the first Police Regional Office (PRO)-7: Run For A Cause.Detuya clocked 21 minutes and 13 seconds while Camanso crossed the finish line at the PRO-7 quadrangle at the Camp Serio Osmeña in 22:25 to rule the 5-kilometer race.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements PH protests Chinese boat swarm, warship passage MORE STORIESnewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipnewsinfoMartial law in Negros? Military taking cue from local execsMORE STORIESnewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipnewsinfoMartial law in Negros? Military taking cue from local execs Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccine View commentslast_img read more