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Climate Action Monaro (CAM)

This new group was officially established on 27 August 2011 in Bredbo.

Climate Action Monaro has two aims: to inform the community on the science of climate change, and to seek action on both mitigation and adaptation.

CAM has an email list to which members of the public on the Monaro are invited to join. (Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like to be part of it.) Since its inception, CAM has issued a weekly bulletin containing news items relating to climate change. Letters have been published in the local press and media releases issued.

Visit the web site for more details: http://www.climateactionmonaro.org.au

Jenny Goldie

President, Climate Action Monaro
02 6235 9190

Climate Action Monaro Media Release - 14 May 2014

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Abbott's Budget Thumbs its Nose at Climate Science

The Abbott Government's Budget delivered last night essentially thumbed its nose at climate science, according to Climate Action Monaro.

Two significant climate reports have been released recently, one from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the other, the US National Climate Assessment report. Both stressed that climate change was happening now and the need for action was urgent.

President of Climate Action Monaro (CAM), Ms Jenny Goldie, says the reports mean we have to shift to a low carbon economy, that is, away from burning fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy, and we have to make the transition quickly.

"Yet the Budget is abolishing various clean energy measures, including the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). It is cutting $150.9 million from research programs, including CSIRO, the National Environmental Research Program and the Australian Climate Change Science Program," says Ms Goldie.

"It will cost $2.55 billion to establish the Emissions Reduction Fund yet, with lost revenue from the carbon price, the net cost to Government is at least $20 billion.

"It is giving a paltry $2.1 million to establish Solar Towns but no funding for one million solar rooftops that was a core election promise," she says.

"Meanwhile the Government is continuing to subsidise fossil fuel industries by maintaining the

  • Fuel Tax Credit subsidy (costing the taxpayer $28 billion over four years); and
  • Accelerated Depreciation rules that allow resource companies to claim their equipment lasts half the time it actually does (costing the taxpayer $6.9 billion over four years).

"It is also introducing a new Exploration Development Incentive (costing the taxpayer $100 million over four years). This last one is of real concern because if we are to keep global warming within 2 degrees C then we can only use about a fifth of known fossil fuel reserves. Four-fifths have to be kept in the ground. What then is the point of further exploration?"

Further information:

Jenny Goldie 
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 18:40

Climate Action Monaro Media Release - 17 February 2014

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Warburton a Fox in Charge of Chickens

Putting manufacturing chief and climate denier Dick Warburton in charge of the Government's review of the Renewable Energy Target is like putting the fox in charge of the chickens, according to Climate Action Monaro (CAM).

The Renewable Energy Target (RET), currently agreed to by both major parties, is to ensure that 20 per cent of energy comes from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, by 2020.

Mr Warburton has said on many occasions that the science on climate change was not settled and that "... there's huge debate about whether carbon dioxide is the main cause."

CAM President Ms Jenny Goldie says, contrary to Mr Warburton's belief, the science is indeed settled and carbon dioxide, along with other greenhouse gases, is the main cause.

"The review needs to be headed by an independent scientist, not a businessman with little understanding of climate science," she says.

"The starting point has to be an understanding that there is an urgent need to move away from fossil fuels as a source of energy if we are to stay below the so-called safe level of global warming of 2oC.

"It's not a matter simply 'for the market' to determine since conventional economics takes no account of such externalities as the atmosphere," says Ms Goldie. "This is a clear case where government can shift the overall situation slightly and then the market can take over."

Ms Goldie says it is only a matter of maybe three years before solar has parity with coal.

"When that happens, Australia will be left with a lot of stranded assets, not least coal mines and coal-fired power stations.

"Were the RET to be strengthened, it would give greater impetus to solar and wind power development now and there will be fewer stranded assets down the line. With Warburton in charge of the review, however, this is unlikely to happen," Ms Goldie says.

Further information:

Jenny Goldie 
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 09:00

Climate Action Monaro Media Release - 9 December 2013

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Climate Council Report Warns of Increased Bushfire Risk

In a report issued today, the Climate Council warns of increased risk of bushfires with climate change and calls on communities to prepare for extreme fire conditions.

President of Climate Action Monaro, Ms Jenny Goldie, says the Monaro had already experienced increased fire risk from the spread of African lovegrass and residents should be very concerned about climate change adding to the problem.

The report has six main points:

  • Climate change is already increasing the risk of bushfires.
  • In southeast Australia the fire season is becoming longer, reducing the opportunities for hazard reduction burning.
  • Recent severe fires have been influenced by record hot, dry conditions.
  • In the future, Australia is very likely to experience an increased number of days with extreme fire danger.
  • It is crucial that communities, emergency services, health services and other authorities prepare for the increasing severity and frequency of extreme fire conditions.
  • This is the critical decade for action.

Ms Goldie says the last point is significant, namely, we have to take action this decade and not leave it until later.

"We all have to do our bit in reducing greenhouse emissions by flying and driving less, planting trees and moving to renewable energy where we can," she says.

"It is up to government, however, to bring in effective mitigation policies including a shift away from subsidising fossil fuels towards subsidising renewables such as wind and solar. Globally, fossil fuel subsidies amount to $544 billion whereas renewables only get about $109 billion annually."

Ms Goldie says there has to be adaptation as well as mitigation and, in the case of fires, more resources put into the Rural Fire Service (RFS).

Further information:

Jenny Goldie 
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 12:05

Climate Action Monaro Media Release - 2 December 2013

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As Senate Debates Carbon Tax Repeal, Australia Has Warmest Spring on Record

The fact that Australia has just had its warmest spring on record should be a wake-up call to the Senate who must address the carbon tax repeal legislation this month, according to Climate Action Monaro.

According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the spring of 2013 has been Australia's warmest on record. Mean temperatures for the season were 1.57oC above the 1961-1990 average. In September, mean temperatures were 2.75oC above normal, setting a new monthly record by more than a degree. October was 1.43oC above average and November 0.52oC above.

Climate Action Monaro President, Jenny Goldie, says this is not just a one-off record but part of a trend of general warming.

"We're on track to have the warmest year on average since temperatures to the end of November have been 1.23oC above average," says Ms Goldie.

"Westerly winds through spring have been responsible for the higher temperatures, and following a warm winter, soil moisture was down. Higher temperatures causing early flowering combined with late frosts have led to widespread crop losses," she says.

"Farmers on the Monaro are going to have to adapt somehow to these changing conditions as well as expect the higher likelihood of fire."

Ms Goldie says the Senate should take these factors into account when considering the repeal of the carbon tax legislation.

"What we want are strong measures to mitigate climate change, not the repeal of legislation that had been responsible for removing 12 million tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere.

"Meanwhile China's largest province, Guangdong, with a population of more than 100 million, will cap greenhouse gas emissions and issue carbon permits to big polluters from next week. Beijing and Shanghai have already announced they will introduce an emissions trading scheme.

"China is clearly accepting the reality of climate change and moving forward, at the very time the Australian government is hell-bent on going backwards," says Ms Goldie.

Further information:

Jenny Goldie 
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Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013 16:48

Climate Action Monaro Media Release - 8 November 2013

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Environment Minister Fails on Two Counts

The Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, has failed the nation by approving the country's biggest coalmine and by refusing to attend the international talks on climate change starting in Warsaw next week, according to Climate Action Monaro.

Minister Hunt approved the approved the 37,380-hectare Kevin's Corner project last week. It will be operated by a joint India-Australia consortium, GVK-Hancock. This week he has indicated he will not attend the Conference of Parties (COP19) in Warsaw, Poland, which is the chief annual meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

President of Climate Action Monaro, Jenny Goldie, says Kevin's Corner mine will use nine billion litres of water a year though there are still concerns about the impact on water resources of the Galilee Basin.

"Water scientists have been urging Minister Hunt to reject any proposals that would damage aquifers, rivers and water catchments," says Ms Goldie. "Yet despite the introduction of the water trigger rule by the previous government and lack of adequate data on the effects, Mr Hunt has gone ahead."

Ms Goldie says the failure to attend the COP19 talks or to send another Minister is an insult to the international community.

"It is a conference of Parties, that is, governments, who are the ones that signed the Convention. The Climate Ambassador Justin Lee is a very admirable man but he is an appointee, not an elected member of the government of the day."

Ms Goldie believes the Minister lacks the courage to face the justified reaction of fellow Ministers who are highly likely to show contempt for Australia's current efforts to repeal the carbon tax.

"It is doubly insulting that the government is bringing in this legislation the very same week as the meeting in Warsaw," says Ms Goldie.

Further information:

Jenny Goldie 
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:19

Climate Action Monaro Media Release - 30 August 2013

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Clear Distinction Between Eden-Monaro Candidates On Climate Change

There is a big gap between the best and worst of eight Eden-Monaro candidates when it comes to climate change acceptance and policies, according to Climate Action Monaro (CAM).

CAM issued a questionnaire (see below) to all House of Representative candidates in Eden-Monaro and received answers from five of them, though climate policies of the remaining three (Labor, Liberal and Palmer Uniting Party) were ascertained from their parties' websites.

CAM President, Ms Jenny Goldie, says that Catherine Moore (Greens), Martin Tye (Stable Population Party) and Andrew Thaler (Independent) all essentially said "yes" to the questions indicating an awareness of the gravity of climate change and the need to move the economy away from fossil fuels. Tye and Thaler made thoughtful additional comments.

"Labor incumbent Mike Kelly failed to answer the questionnaire but has a good record on the issue. His party (Labor) had the courage to introduce the carbon tax which, after one year of operation, was responsible for a seven per cent reduction in emissions and a 30 per cent increase in uptake of renewable energy."

Ms Goldie says it was disappointing that the new Labor leadership was abandoning the carbon tax a year early before bringing in the Emissions Trading Scheme, nevertheless, Labor deserves to be commended for introducing the tax, despite initial hostility.

"Although Dean Lynch (PUP) failed to answer the questionnaire, he had shown at the public meeting on the coast earlier in the month that he accepted the need for wind and solar power. He even lives in a stand-alone solar-powered house," says Ms Goldie. "Nevertheless, this is at odds with his party's lack of policies on climate change. PUP supports an expansion of mining of all kinds and Clive Palmer is on record as a climate change denier.

"Peter Hendy (Liberals) twice acknowledged receipt of the questionnaire but failed to answer it. His party's Direct Action Plan, while having a couple of good initiatives in it, will not deliver the promised five per cent reduction in emissions by 2020 without an injection of $4 billion. His party's promise to get rid of the carbon tax is a highly retrograde step," says Ms Goldie.

According to CAM, the remaining two candidates, William Catton of the Christian Democratic Party (CDP) and Costas Goumas of the Citizens' Electoral Council (CEC), indicated in their answers that they do not accept that climate change was man-made and thus any action to mitigate it was pointless.

"We urge voters not to vote for CDP or CEC, however worthy there are other policies might be. We simply cannot afford to elect people that reject the scientific evidence of climate change and the need for urgent action."

CAM recommends that voters who are concerned about climate change give their primary vote to Catherine Moore, Martin Tye, Mike Kelly or Andrew Thaler and that their preferences run down through those four before going to either Dean Lynch or Peter Hendy.

"Goumas and Catton must be placed last," she says.

Questions to Eden-Monaro Candidates by Climate Action Monaro

1) Are you aware that over 97 per cent of climate scientists globally, the CSIRO and the Academy of Science agree that the planet is warming, that the observed climate change is mostly human-caused, and that if we continue with business as usual, harsh impacts and irreversible changes to the climate system will occur?

2) Do you accept that climate change is occurring?

3) Do you accept that the human population is making a substantial contribution to climate change via our greenhouse gas emissions?

4) Is it your position that Australia and the rest of the world need to urgently adopt policies to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in line with scientific recommendations?

5) Are you aware that the health impacts of climate change are already being measured by medical and public health professionals worldwide?

6) Do you accept that anyone who argues that we continue business-as-usual and emit greenhouse gases beyond levels that climate scientists says is dangerous for humanity, should bear the burden of proof that this is safe?

7) Do you accept that politicians have a responsibility to immediately implement strategies to prevent dangerous climate change?

8) Do you accept that politicians who fail to implement policies to prevent dangerous climate change should be held responsible for harm that results from this inaction?

Further information:

Jenny Goldie 
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:05

Climate Action Monaro Media Release - 29 April 2013

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If Renewables Are Good Enough For China, They're Good Enough For Us

A report issued today shows China leading the way in adopting renewable technologies, according to Climate Action Monaro (CAM).

The latest report from the Climate Commission, The Critical Decade: Global Action Building on Climate Change, presents an overview of progress in international action on climate change and shows there has been considerable progress by many countries in the past year, particularly in China.

President of CAM, Jenny Goldie, says if China can make the move to renewables, we can too, both nationally and regionally.

"Between 2005 and 2012, China increased its wind power generation capacity by almost 50 times and new solar power capacity expanded by 75 per cent in 2012 alone," says Ms Goldie.

"In 2012, China invested US$65.1 billion in clean energy. That amounts to 30 per cent of that invested by all G20 nations.

"China has emerged as the renewable energy powerhouse," says Ms Goldie. "It has done so partly because its high emissions are contributing to global warming, but also because the burning of coal is contributing to massive air pollution resulting in major health problems."

Ms Goldie says that, while the Monaro has few air pollution problems, there is a moral obligation to reduce emissions in order minimise global climate change.

"There's plenty of wind and sun on the Monaro and we should be capturing that energy by means of wind and solar farms."

Ms Goldie added that China is introducing seven emissions trading schemes this year that will cover a quarter billion people, and a national trading scheme is planned, based on these models.

Further information:

Jenny Goldie 
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Last Updated on Thursday, 02 May 2013 14:06

Climate Action Monaro Media Release - 3 April 2013

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Climate Commission Report on Extreme Weather a Wake-up Call

The latest report from the Climate Commission on extreme weather should be a wake-up call for those living on the Monaro, according to Climate Action Monaro (CAM).

President of CAM, Jenny Goldie, says Monaro residents can expect more heatwaves, heavy rainfall and bushfires and that these will become more intense and frequent.

The report called The Critical Decade: Extreme weather was released today. Its main points are:

  1. Climate change is already increasing the intensity and frequency of many extreme weather events, adversely affecting Australians.
  2. Climate change is making many extreme events worse in terms of their impacts on people, property, communities and the environment.
  3. The climate system has shifted, and is continuing to shift, changing the conditions for all weather, including extreme weather events.
  4. There is a high risk that extreme weather events like heatwaves, heavy rainfall, bushfires and cyclones will become even more intense in Australia over the coming decades.
  5. Only strong preventive action now and in the coming years can stabilise the climate and halt the trend of increasing extreme weather for our children and grandchildren.

"The last point about preventive action is crucial," says Ms Goldie. "We have to not only keep the carbon price but raise it so we can decarbonise the economy as quickly as possible.

"We are going to have to strengthen our Rural Fire Service and ensure that every citizen is mobilised to fight bushfires. We will have to change agricultural practices to minimise soil loss when heavy rainfall events occur. We may have to subsidise the insulation of all houses so people, especially the elderly, can cope with heatwaves without air-conditioners."

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Jenny Goldie 
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 April 2013 15:53

Climate Action Monaro Media Release - 13 March 2013

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Climate Change will Transform the Bush

Climate change will transform the bush and we'll have to think big to cope, according to Dr Mike Dunlop of CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences who will address a public meeting in Cooma on Saturday.

Dr Dunlop participated in a recent CSIRO study led by Dr David Hilbert that found significant changes will occur right across the Australian continent with projected increases in temperature under climate change. These changes will affect whole ecosystems as well as individual species.

Jenny Goldie, president of Climate Action Monaro, says the effects of climate change are already being felt with the Climate Commission calling the most recent Australian summer "The Angry Summer" in which 123 records were broken.

"We are now seeing summer extend into autumn," says Ms Goldie. "In Tasmania, March temperatures have been seven degrees above normal. Melbourne had a record nine consecutive days of temperatures over 32 degrees. Sydney is midway through its third longest stretch of temperatures over 25 degrees in autumn.

"Scientists are warning that we may experience four degrees warming well before the end of the century unless strong mitigation measures are implemented. This has grave implications for everyone, including residents on the Monaro who will be subjected to higher temperatures and more extreme weather events, as well as significant changes to the bush."

Further information:

Jenny Goldie 
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Last Updated on Thursday, 21 March 2013 14:02
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