James Hansen, the former NASA climate scientist, wrote in 2011: 'Suggesting that renewables will let us phase out rapidly fossil fuels is almost the equivalent of believing in the Easter bunny.'
The Abbott Government has cause a mild stir within the passionate alternative energy community by asking the Clean Energy Finance Corporation not to put any more money into wind-power.
In March this year, Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane called on landowners across Australia to nominate their land to host a radioactive waste management facility.
When the 'environmentalists' first pushed for the development of renewable energy, mainly in the form of wind farms, no one considered what the farms could do.
The Abbott government is short listing sites in SA for a National Nuclear Store as Premier Weatherill’s Nuclear Royal Commission investigates High Level International Nuclear Waste Storage in Outback SA.
One problem that has dogged the debate on carbon emissions from the beginning has been trying to construct a cost-benefit result that justifies the trouble of major cuts to emissions.
On June 29 Kevin Scarce, chief of South Australia's Nuclear Royal Commission, was interviewed by Ian Henschke on ABC Radio 891 Adelaide.
Innovation in garbage handling in Norway is being held back by the low price that the efficient Swedes are charging for the service they provide.
Even though the waste can be temporarily stored at ANSTO and possibly at a national facility later on, the question remains of how it will one day finally be disposed of.
During the late innings of the ICE-age (as in the Internal Combustion Engine age) it has become clear that feeding gasoline and diesel to the next billion new cars is not going to be easy, or cheap.
It also requires nearly 75.5 GWh of energy, almost twice the equivalent amount of electricity that the entire country of Morocco can generate over the same five-hour period.
At 60% effective, the CO2 abatement cost would be $53-$120 per tonne CO2.