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Ward Off Climate Change

The Federal Government released the green paper on its proposed emissions trading scheme, known as the Carbon Pollution Reduction (CPR) Scheme this week.

While it should be congratulated for its ambition to introduce the scheme in 2010, and for adopting many of the recommendations of the Garnaut Review, it is sadly wide of the mark in a number of key areas.

In particular the proposal to provide free permits for the biggest polluters reduces the effectiveness of the scheme, and penalizes those industries that are less polluting, resulting in “what about me” calls such as what we saw from LNG producers like Woodside this week.

Government Misses Mark with Carbon Scheme

Volume 1, Issue 5

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Due in large part to the outstanding efforts of the Stop the Eastern Terminal Substation (SETS) Action Group, Western Power extended the period for submission of comments on its site selection process for the Eastern Terminal project until July 31.

The good news, is that if you have not yet submitted your comments, there is still time to do so.

If you care about the protection of what little remains of the forests in our State, or are concerned about the impacts of the project on biodiversity, water quality, bushfire risk or tourism, or if you have other concerns about the project, then don't miss out on this opportunity.

Use the on-line letter wizard button to generate a tailored submissions letter in a matter of a few minutes.

Use the link below to find out more information about this potentially devastating project.

Western Power Extends Period for Comments on Eastern Terminal

Red Pumpkin and Lentil Curry

The key to a great curry is to make the curry paste yourself. However where time doesn’t permit, any good quality store-bought red curry paste will be a reasonable substitute.

The beauty of making the paste yourself is that you can adjust the amount of chilli you use depending on your tastes.

As a purely vegetarian dish, this is a very low carbon option—less than 600g of carbon per serving (compared to up to 6000g of carbon per serving for a meal involving red meat).

Low Carbon Meal of the Week

In a recent speech Mr Gore said that the survival of the USA is at risk from the triple threats of a weakening economy, the acceleration of climate change and a worsening national security situation.

Mr Gore linked all three threats to dependence on burning fossil fuels.

“We're borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the planet. Every bit of that's got to change,” he said.

Mr Gore challenged the USA to commit to producing 100 percent of electricity from renewable energy and truly clean carbon-free sources within 10 years.

To those who doubt whether such a goal is possible, Mr Gore said “when President John F. Kennedy challenged our nation to land a man on the moon and bring him back safely in 10 years, many people doubted we could accomplish that goal. But 8 years and 2 months later, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the surface of the moon.”

100% of Electricity from Renewables in 10 Years—Al Gore

Mercedes has announced plans to have a line-up of cars that is 100% free of petroleum within seven years.

The German car maker hopes to achieve this through development of hybrid, smart electric and biofuel technology and is investing A$14Bn up until 2014 in this effort.

The company is expecting to have an electric car on the market by 2010.

Let’s hope that the other car makers follow suit.


Mercedes Goes Green

Mercedes F700 car photo