Why Australia’s booming renewable energy Are electric vehicles the answer to Australia's 2 days ago   07:03

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The world’s current plan to slow global warming is the Paris agreement – signed by more than 170 countries in 2016.
Under that deal Australia pledged to reduce its emissions by 26 percent, of 2005 levels by 2030.
Most of Australia’s carbon emissions come from four areas of our economy – transport, industry, agriculture, and electricity.

Electricity makes up about 34 percent of our emissions… and they’re trending down. That’s because there’s been a decrease in gas and coal fired power… and a boom in renewables.
But now renewable projects are starting to hit hurdles.

Stephanie March investigates for Four Corners.

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Ronald Mitaxa
It will continue to hit hurdles simply because it is not sustainable without massive government cash injections.
Learn to share And teach
In next 2-4 years, electricity company will stop feed on tariff.
Learn to share And teach
Some states in Australia are most expensive in the world in terms of electricity.
Innocuous
Coal & gas are trending down due to massive subsidies for wind and solar, just say it plainly ffs!
Aaron Kelly
The climate change hoax
Michael Elmer
Whybthen is the price of electricity going up and in proportion to the increase in renewables.
Steve Sedio
Austrailia can keep a section of country in sunlight 24/7 by orbiting 3 (very large) mirrors.

Put all solar in that section, you eliminate the need for storage, and the 4 to 6 times more solar panels required to "charge" that storage.
Evan
"renewables" are crap
David Canatella
transmission from roof to house
Merv Stent
Australia get out of fraudulent Paris Climate Agreement 👍
Noble Tarkan
The Paris Agreement is in no way a "plan" - and one has only to look at the 'undertaking' of Pakistan to see this - who basically say, "we aren't going to do anything until we reach 'peak carbon''". Its a joke that Western nations push while others ignore; which make us less competitive in the international market and them more competitive because they don't support carbon reduction costs.
ronkirk50
"Long term goals" This is what we are sorely lacking in the U.S. Incentives for alternative energy change with every change in government. With the current administration, we're stalled out yet again! Fortunately, local governments are taking some actions, but it falls well short of what's needed to save the planet.
Belle Martinez
Australia weather is good for solar. But I hope people will also plants trees and plants to counter climate change. As day goes by we will experience more heat and we turn our aircons and electricfans causing us to use more electricity.
Brendan King
So if we crank up the subsidies to prop up these new energy businesses and get to 50% wind and solar, our global greenhouse gas emission contribution will be 0.5 (50% of current electricity) x 0.34 (34% electricity of total emissions) x 0.011 (1.1% Australia’s contribution to human made CO2) x 0.04 (4% of total CO2 emission from human sources) x 0.2 (20% max CO2 effect on greenhouse effects) x 0.05 (greenhouse gases estimated effects on global temperatures @ 5%) = 0.5 x 0.34 x0.011x0.04x0.2x0.05 = 0.00000075 of temperature change, Thats presuming the models and theories are right despite the predictions being wrong for the last 40 years. So how many billions were we going to spend in taxpayer subsidies in doing nothing, so we can feel like we are doing “something” or being a “leader”?
M Detlef
So, just build MORE transmission lines. And install the panels as fast as they can make them. Add them ALL to the grid.
noah
Screw that expensive energy. Buy United states natural gas. Cheap, efficient, and most importantly clean.
wriker36
What a load of bull shit! Such a scam. How ridiculous. It’s all a lie.
Philip Thomas
BOTTOM LINE IS GREEDY CORPS INFLUENCE /CONTROL POLICY
Tim Bozza
Correction to the intro:
There has been an increase in gas fired power generation, not a decrease as this news reporter incorrectly asserted as fact. That's one of the main reason for reduced emissions given the reduced CO2 to power produced ratio.
Andrew Sandry
Or just make it legal for people too use solar power without connecting too the grid, but that will not happen because it helps people not government
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Are electric vehicles the answer to Australia's Why Australia’s booming renewable energy 2 days ago   08:26

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Transport makes up about 19 percent of Australia’s overall greenhouse gas emissions. As the world tries to reduce its emissions…. its’s not something we can ignore.

Like it or not… electric vehicles - or EVs - are where the rest of the world is headed. Other countries are going even further – phasing out the sale of petrol and diesel cars to reduce transport emissions.

Australia is streets behind.

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