Let’s not get distracted by solar as a solution to …

Comment on Climate change from an Alice perspective: Time to act. by David de Vries.

Let’s not get distracted by solar as a solution to climate change. It’s a useful climate emergency strategy but it’s no panacea.
As Alex says we are vulnerable to the oncoming emergencies. One vulnerability is the lack of an income outside our handouts from Canberra and Washington.
When climate emergencies start biting elsewhere in the globe creating refugees the handouts to obscure Central Australia will stop. We have time to prepare for warming but the global catastrophe will kick in quickly.

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Trying to understand the transition from hyrdrocarbons to solar is like trying to analyze the shift from horse and cart to internal combustion. You cannot use the old yardstick (to give you another anachronistic term).


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@ Harold. You have a lot of good questions. Unfortunately there is no one to answer them.
An untested resource to be accessed by an untested technology in an environment no one has studied.
You are in the dark, as is this is “expert”, as am I.


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Fracturing rock provides a very short term operational well – months not years, not 20 years.
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Who funds connecting the next 500 wells and 8000 km of pipe? Pipe dreaming.
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They can exercise this prior to exploration. Most TOs have consented to exploration and foregone this right.


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There is a common sense answer to the type of waste that needs to be deposited in this repository – expensive waste.
The kind of waste that no local authority within 1000 km will accept dumping or storing on their disused mine sites.
The kind of waste that you need to put on a tanker and have driven 1000 km+ then pay a significant fee to dispose of.
Hard core, top dollar, don’t put your hands in it, waste.


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