To Premier Will Hodgman and Opposition Leader Rebecca White,
Public trust in government is at an all-time low around Australia. We are working together to improve accountability and trust in public administration at a state and federal level.
Clean energy technology is becoming competitive with fossil fuels, globally. This provides the basis for a new strategic approach to solving the political aspect of the climate threat.
This is a speech given at 'Imagining a Different Future Conference', Hobart, on 8 February 2018, hosted by the University of Tasmania, the University of Utrecht Ethics Institute, the University of Tasmania's Institute for the Study of Social Change, the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Science (IMAS).
NEM Fossil generation failure in the 2017 heatwaves
During the February 2017 heatwave across south eastern Australia, 14% of fossil generating capacity (3,600 MW) failed during critical peak demand periods in South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland as a result of faults, largely related to the heat.
Comparative energy technology costs
An open letter, published as a full-page advertisement in today’s Australian Financial Review, calls for a higher emission reduction target for the electricity sector – well above the 26% proposed by the government’s National Energy Guarantee (NEG).
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Signatories to the letter comprise high-profile business leaders, CEOs, academics, economists and investors, including Simon Holmes a Court, Dr Hugh Saddler, Dr Renate Egan, Dean Spaccavento, and Nobel Prize winner Professor Peter Doherty.