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Comment on Extreme variability: local climate change right now by Jimmy.

Thanks Alice Springs News for your comprehensive and informative article about the realities of climate change for Alice Springs. It is journalism like this that the world needs more of.
Thanks John Bell for providing your anecdotal analysis of the current situation. A better straw man could not be imagined. You actually strengthen our case for urgent action on climate change both locally and globally.
We all have a responsibility to ensure the world we hand over to the next generation is in better condition than we found it. To do so, we must transition rapidly to renewable sources of energy and develop community level responses to dealing with the impacts of the changing climate.
Thanks Alice Springs News for your commitment to the truth on this issue and as people who live in the heart of this country – demonstrating true leadership through your interrogation of the important issues and exposure of the truth.

Recent Comments by Jimmy

Volunteers are beating buffel
@ Evelyn: Pine oil is also being used widely as an organic herbicide that breaks the cell walls of seeds. This is being used in areas where organic beef producers are concerned about the impact on their organic classification.
Rod Cramer suggested at the SA Buffel Forum that we need to have a political plan and political leadership on the issue of buffel grass.
Here is a quote from Tucson Mayor, Bob Walkup, in regards to buffel grass in his jurisdiction: “It’s matter of priority and public will. The public has to send a signal to its elected officials. If we don’t do something, eventually we’re all going to look out and say ‘What happened? How did this happen, and why didn’t we do something about it. Here we are in 2020 and we’ve lost our desert.”
— Bob Walkup, Tucson Mayor, 1999-2011
More information at the Arizona Desert Museum website http://www.desertmuseum.org/buffelgrass/
The most effective efforts in Australia to date are in SA. Unfortunately the resources have wound up for the coordinator position but the collaborative spirit of the taskforce lives on.
More information on the Buffel Taskforce in South Australia can be found here http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/biosecurity/weeds_and_pest_animals/weeds_in_sa/weed_id/plant_id_notes/buffel_grass
Here in Alice Springs we need to get the heads together and have targetted blitzes at the right time.
Alice Springs Town Council and the NT Government providing support for volunteers to get in and clear it.
People with maddocks and hoes, and others with spraypacks, where allowed and we need to beat the buffel back in areas that we value.
Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, Alice Springs Desert Park, Desert Knowledge Precinct and any number of the hills and other areas of high value. It’s one thing to walk together, it’s another to work together.


New control plan follows buffel grass outrage
@ Jason: You can you contact me at director@alec.org.au – we are keen to talk to interested and knowledgeable people about this caterpillar. Thanks, Jimmy.


Too much sun power in Alice?
Let’s hope that the community gets an opportunity to be engaged on the energy future of Alice Springs before the installation of any of these gas fired engines.
A roadmap to a renewable future is a great initiative, though it would be hopelessly compromised if these 10 engines aren’t put on hold until we had a plan to go forward with.
Territory Generation is an NT Government owned corporation. The NT Government is supposed to represent us, its constituents.
I can’t imagine there being one person in Alice Springs who doesn’t think we should get as much energy as we can from the sun.
So, putting both of these facts together, why is the NT Government owned TGen locking us into gas when the community and the rest of the world is heading towards solar?
We could be world leaders in gas and solar integration with investment in battery and storage innovation quickening the process for change. But instead, our generator of non-choice is aiming for the mediocre, ensuring that Alice Springs will be left at the bottom of the heap.
The time is now to let Chief Minister Giles and Essential Services Minister Chandler know that Alice Springs will not accept this. Investment in innovation is needed now, not in five years’ time. Now.
The 99-year lease of the port should be benefiting future generations, not funding short-term fossil fuel investments that exacerbate climate change.
The best way to benefit future generations is to invest in innovation to ensure the acceleration of product development and uptake. Solar + storage is where it’s at and there is no place with a more compelling case for it.
Let’s hope the next bunch of elected representatives actually understand that the future will be powered by renewables and not be bent over backwards for gas.


Fracking to be independently monitored: Minister
What absolute rubbish?! The current raft of Petroleum Regulations actually make the situation worse. Increasing uncertainty in the definitions and providing loopholes the size of canyons is not creating a robust regulatory system.
Although both are nice enough people, Dr Hunter is not independent, nor is Dr Hawke in this instance. This whole approach has been flawed from the start.
The NT Government is giving the illusion of doing something when it is actually weakening the system of protecting our water and the environment. There is not any certainty for industry either as these hopelessly flawed regulations will be thrown out by any responsible Minister and then the process will start again.
The NT EPA needs to be empowered to provide advice to the Environment Minister to approve projects that may have detrimental impacts on the environment, not the Mines and Energy Minister whose job it is to promote the industry.
The “improved” regulatory system under the CLP will have the Mines and Energy Minister promote, assess, approve and enforce compliance of fracking, mining etc and the Environment Minister comes in when there is not a “responsible” Minister, e.g. ports that aren’t ports like Port Melville and any other project that doesn’t quite fit the bill.
The CLP’s attempt to “improve the system” is a farce.
I wish I could be talking it up and telling everyone how good it is to have a government committed to improving the environmental assessment and approvals system but unfortunately I can’t.
The system is broken and needs a complete overhaul. Tinkering on the regulations will not do the job. Giving certainty to Territorians that the gas industry will not impact drinking water is what we need – these petroleum regulations are not going to do that, nor will unenforceable guidelines.
If you’re looking for legacy, Dave, these regs aren’t it. Handing over your approval powers to the Environment Minister and compliance enforcement to the NT EPA, well that would be a real step forward.


Why solar missed out on $75m electricity contract
$75m on gas driven generators in Alice Springs.
$26m on gas driven generators in Tennant Creek.
$800m on a pipeline that’s not driven by fracking, but it is.
That’s almost a billion dollars being sunk into fossil fuels in Central Australia.
Banks are writing down oil and gas assets across the world and here in the NT we’re propping them up with tax payer dollars. Well, the pipeline is supposed to be without government funding but Jemena will be relying on the supply by NT Government Mines and Energy Department facilitating fracking across the entire jurisdiction.
What a joke, if only it was. In a time when the world has agreed on the need to limit global warming to two degrees, with an aspiration to save some Pacific Island nations and the world’s low-lying areas by aspiring for 1.5, we’re ramping it up.
This morning on ABC Alice Springs, the Chief Minister said this is all about keeping electricity prices low! What a load of BS. This is about propping up the gas industry in a slow time for them globally. Is this ensuring Giles and Tollner, when the public votes them out (well, Fong Lim residents won’t get the chance to), they will have cushy jobs waiting for them in the oil and gas sector?
I’m not a gambling person but I’d put at least $50 on that. You watch!
We have the most reliable sunshine in the country. The decision to allocate Treasury debt (taxpayer funds) to Territory Generation without any consideration of solar is irresponsible at best but most likely reckless.
In an era when we need to be transitioning out of fossil fuels, the Giles / Tollner duo have made a decision to make Tennant Creek and Alice Springs dependent on fossil fuels for the next 30 years.
The same line of, it’s too expensive to use the sun’s energy to make electricity, it’s cheaper to burn gas is a rubbish argument. While the battery technology is not quite there for total roll out this year, it is coming. We need to get some skin in the game to ensure that when the time comes, we are ready and not tied down by the now skewed economics of monopoly gas generation and monopoly gas production by Central Petroleum.
This is about fracking too. By locking our infrastructure in, the dependence on expensive and unreliable shale gas production, not to mention the climate and groundwater impacts is increased. Alice is a solar city and this decision reeks of rotten eggs.
ALEC has applied for Freedom of Information documents related to this tender process and it will be interesting to see how transparent it will be.
Territory Generation needs to get off the gas and talk more with its end users – us, the consumers of its gas burning and turbine turning electricity. Nine month consultation period? A meeting in Darwin? Where is the Talking about our Energy Future meetings by Territory Generation and Jacana held at the Andy McNeill room? If it happened, I didn’t get an invite. It didn’t. But it should have!
This process demonstrates the impact that the split up of Power Water Corporation has had on the community. Once upon a time there was a community service obligation. Now it seems like it is a Community Slavery Operation where we are chained to antiquated technology dependent on the dangerous fracking of gas.
We have been sold out for an underground river of profits for Central Petroleum. Transparent and trusted – hmmmm, time to get a social licence, Territory Generation. You’re a fair way off your vision “to be the trusted and respected employer and electricity generation business of choice”.
Stay tuned as this issue will haunt Giles and Tollner all the way to the election. Territory Generation needs to start acting like a part of the community since we all depend on it. We the people want a solar powered future for our children, and not being locked into fracking is a good start.


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