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Hi Ben, Some of these “coal” mines are removing the ground and surface water from local agriculture. Making the little that is left toxic so it is not just about mining and burning coal. It is the poisoning of the local environment. For all we had floods in the high North of Australia there is significant overall drought in the Mid and Southern Australia with generally record high temps. Climate change is very real to Australia whatever the cause. see: http://www.bom.gov.au/jsp/ncc/climate_averages/temperature-percentiles/index.jsp?prodtype=1&maptype=1&period=December&product=hi#maps
The Tesla solar panels and battery system set up in South Australia last year has stabilized the power grid effectively with out using the aging coal power stations for SA, Victoria and NSW (1/3 of the country). We have in Australia the technology…which will employ just as many people as coal to set up renewable across the country for less cost than Coal Mining. The other problem is mining destroys some of the best agricultural land which is at a premium in Australia due to chronic drought. A solar, with batteries, farm, can be set up in desert country. Dig a little deeper when researching Australia Ben, it is opposite to the USA events and sun influences and note our extreme UV issues. Thanks for your work pointing out interesting papers.
Coal mining in and of itself does not poison anything. It does not require any additional chemicals, just removal of over burden, if strip mining. If any crop land was lost, then that is do to no reclamation after the fact. And that is a fault of the government. If solar panels are the way to go and are cost effective, how many do you have on your abode?
I’m not saying your a eviroweenie, but it gets my goat every time I here one say they’ve got to save the desert tortoise (insert animal of the day) and forbid any development there, and then build a solar “farm” on top of said tortoise (insert animal of the day). All in the name that “coal is bad”.
One good volcano eruption will make all coal plants pollution look like child’s play.
Hi Bart, Happily I live in Tasmania (a very small state of Australia) where most of our power is Hydro electric, although we have a reserve gas power station that comes online during drought. I have 12 panels and await the cost of batteries to be affordable as a moderate prepper. I collect my own water and as a volunteer fire brigade member has spent 8 full days last month fire fighting massive fires due to dry lightening strikes and the odd arsonist. Your goat is safe from me…(hate the nasty animals as I used to have to milk them on Ningan Station…read sheep and salt bush.) Trained biologist here and have worked at regeneration of coal mine tailings and mineral sand mines know my stuff and a solar farm is Much smaller than mine tailings, animal of the day should be OK. We should do the things we can and nature will do her best or worse. Meanwhile I look to food and infrastructure security if there are bad times. Billy’s deeper look highlighted some interesting things for wild weather taking out the power. All the best to you Bart C
And I’m the opposite of you. Got the batteries, inverter etc…basically a freaking large UPS, and no solar panels up. Bought, but not up. Local building codes is the hang up, in other words, government. I am very glad that you do have solar panels, because most who decry large, old school , power generation, do nothing themselves locally. Look at solar heated hot water, as it’s payback is in the 2-3 year range. 2nd largest energy usage in a home. 1st, is of course, heat and cooling. Much respect for you and anyone fighting fires in the bush.
Thank you Ben, pura vida.
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