Australia Has The Means To Lead The World

We just have to find the political will

Consider the following: Germany has 25 times more wind energy installed than Australia, even though the best wind sites in Germany are less windy than Australia’s worst commercial sites: 20,622MW compared to only 817MW in OZ.

Japan and Germany each have 24 times more solar electric (PV) panels installed than Australia, despite significantly poorer solar resources - by the end of 2005 both countries had 1400MW compared to Australia’s paltry 60MW.

The report Energy [R]evolution: A Sustainable World Energy Outlook, produced under the scientific leadership of the German Space Agency (DLR) in co-operation with the European Renewable Industry Association, the Global Wind Energy Council and Greenpeace International, provides a blueprint for how to halve global CO2 emissions within the next 43 years,

Energy [R]evolution shows how we can cut global CO2 emissions 50 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050 (which must happen if we are to stabilise the increase in global temperatures at +2C) while allowing for an increase in net energy consumption, especially in developing countries; providing better energy security than reliance on conventional “business as usual” technologies (the IEA’s “World Energy Outlook”); and phasing out nuclear power completely by 2030 without reliance on unproven and risky future developments in so-called “clean” coal technology

Under the global energy scenario, renewable energies will represent the backbone of the world’s economy - not only in OECD countries, but also in developing countries such as China, India and Brazil. Renewable energy can deliver nearly 70 per cent of global electricity supply and 65 per cent of global heat supply by 2050.

Renewable energies are competitive, if governments phase-out subsidies for fossil and nuclear fuels and introduce a “polluter-pays” principle. A recent report found that Australian federal and state governments subsidise fossil fuel industries to the tune of $10 billion every year. If politicians are serious about climate change, these subsidies must stop. Ask your federal election candidates to do so before you give them your vote!

Yet Australia is lagging far behind the rest of the world when it comes to both energy efficiency and renewable energy. The argument that you can’t run an industrial economy on renewable energy spruiked by John Howard is false and misleading.