Canberra news – Unlike this time last year when there was nary a blade of grass due to drought and high temperatures, Canberra (Australia) is green once more.

La Niña is sending rain our way and our total dam storage is 90.9 percent and increasing. The buzz of lawn mowers rivals that of the bees and swathes of grass and weeds get the chop between showers. Meanwhile, the results of the Canberra election have been finalised and here too, there is to be more green in the legislative assembly.

In other news, a recently retired federal minister who, as part of the federal leadership team, had a hand in the decision to pursue a gas-led recovery for Australia, is now promoting a green recovery. That may look good on his job application for the position of Secretary-General of the OECD. One might ask, “How emissions-intensive is your recovery? What’s your goal?”

Stay safe, everyone. Be kind and question.

Kind Regards.
Tracy.

27 thoughts on “Green For Canberra

  1. Nice to see all the green. I look forward to seeing spring arrive on your blog. Over the weekend we had strong gusts, near zero temperatures and snow on the mountains. La Niña has come to call and will bring with her a wet winter. Natural Gas exporting is an issue here too and is opposed by many.

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    1. I mostly have flowers for my spring collection, Sid Too wet and too busy for anything else. So not very exciting. Still, flowers have their fans.
      We export gas but I think the gas developments in question are are for new (potentially subsidised) gas-fired power stations here to replace aging coal-fired power stations. There is debate as to whether these are necessary given the potential for renewables and storage, including new hydro, to fill the gap. Domestic gas is also very expensive and we have been importing it because, at least on the east coast of Oz, we didn’t reserve any for our own needs. Hence the aim is to increase supply to reduce the domestic gas price. However, the more gas, the less likely our emissions are to go down. Some fear subsidised gas power stations will crowd out new investment in renewables slowing the transition.
      I imagine your rain is very welcome at the moment. I read that more avalanches are predicted in mountainous regions of Canada given the La Niña pattern. Sounds like you are in for some disruptions this winter. Rug up and stay warm.

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      1. Thank you Tracy for helping me understand the complex natural gas situation in Australia. In B.C. the consumer rate for LNG is $2.84 Canadian per G/J (giga /jewel). I have little idea what that means in Imperial or metric systems of fuel measuring. The basic consumer price of $2.84 per G/J in B.C. is lower than most prices in the world I assume. The government says that currently the LNG market is over supplied. B.C. is looking to supply surplus LNG to the Far East and will be competing for market share. More reserves of LNG are being discovered through ‘fracking’ but this process is not very green with damages to ground water, leaks from these gas wells and various other degradations of the environment. LNG exports are touted as greener than burning coal but…my trust level is low.
        I’m suggesting a YouTube video featuring Stevie Wonder and Sting live singing “Brand New Day.” This live performance has great energy!

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      2. I was planning to cover gas issues here but I would have to do more research as my knowledge is dating. I think it is healthier for me if I go for a walk instead. Lots of existing fracking investments here and more planned. I understand that Australia is the biggest exporter of LNG.
        We must be listening to the same place list, Sid. I was listening to your song choice the other day and was planning to send you a “Message in the Bottle”. 🙂

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  2. Great post, linking all those shades of green! A new leaning towards green might look good on a resumé, but in my opinion, a leopard never changes its spots.

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  3. Good to see it’s not only politicians here at the southern end of Africa that can turn their coats inside out depending on which way the wind is blowing…

    Knowing that there’s seldom a politician to be trusted it is good to know that we can rely on the rhythms of nature to brighten (or is it green?) our mood!

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    1. Politicians have to compromise. It is a necessary part of the job, but when the wind changes so frequently for some, there does seem to be a lack of …. something. I’ve been really enjoying the green revival, Dries. I can’t save the world so might as well treasure the precious moments it offers.

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