@ Steve: You claim “do you actually understand that as …

Comment on Catholics fire new broadside at Giles over fracking by Richard Bentley.

@ Steve: You claim “do you actually understand that as of yet we have not developed the capability of generating the world’s energy requirements by these (renewable) means?”
Not true. It is now well established that we can now generate energy cost effectively from renewable resources. Yes that is an opinion just the same as yours. In the end the market will decide.
And you question “do you understand that although we would all love to switch overnight to renewables that it is actually going to take at least 50 years to get anywhere near it?” If we were as determined as we are to spend on arms I think we could do it in 10 years.
I am confident that the rate of technological development in the last 10 years and the anticipated rate of new technology in the next 10 years makes a gas pipeline an absolute waste of time and money as well as being a blot on our natural environment.

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Is talk of gas hot air?
The cost of wind and sun energy is 0 and available forever if you accept the predicted five billion years planet life as for ever.
So if it can be captured efficiently it must outcompete oil and gas.
The rate of expansion of renewable technologies indicates to me that plenty of people have confidence in them.
Stories are emerging from USA particularly and many other locations of coal and gas fired power stations closing early and plans being cancelled.
So if infrastructure is built on the expectation it will be justified over 30+ years and it is redundant in 10 or 20, how can it be considered to have been a good investment?
That is the judgement that is being made around the world and it is clear to me that the pendulum is swinging rapidly to wind, sun, storage technologies, smart grids and the most cost effective, energy efficiency.

Tree death and the challenge of heatwaves
Suggest a google search of “paint the streets white” and you may find an article Apr 28, 2018.
Los Angeles is painting the streets white to combat the rising temperatures in the summer caused by the heat island effect. Closer to home in SA Salisbury Council is indicating they are pleased with initial trials of this concept. Could be good for trees and is sure to be goood for people.

Massive gas reserves close to being tapped
@ Dave Richards: “New data suggests the pipeline of wind, solar and storage projects in Australia is nearing 100GW – possibly enough for the country to go 100% renewables.”
Giles Parkinson, RenewEconomy 21-03-2019.

Massive gas reserves close to being tapped
I recently attended a seminar in Adelaide where an economist indicated the cost of transition to 100% renewable was one 7th of the loss of production and damages cost if we do not.
So yes, Dave Richards, I am suggesting we transition very rapidly.

Massive gas reserves close to being tapped
“There are still tensions, there’s still people yelling at each other, and the rest of it.” Alister Trier says.
When there are so many people across the world saying that any further development of carbon based energy is a very bad idea are you surprised?
It is not just that there are risks to water and disruption to the physical environment at a local level. There is clear evidence of increasing climate disruption – heavy rain and wind events in one part, droughts in another, acidification of the oceans everywhere.
When you – industry and governments – are not listening there is not much else we can do but SHOUT!

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