Greenpeace Esperanza begins Energy [R]evolution tour

Signing the Kyoto Protocol was an important symbolic step for the new government – much like saying sorry. In fact, it opened the door for Kevin Rudd to be a global leader on climate change, if he’s prepared to step up to the task. But to do that will require so much more than setting aside next year’s spare change for the renewable energy industry while clinging desperately to the false hope of ‘clean coal’.

Climate science is moving terrifyingly fast, showing that real events are consistently overshooting scientific projections. This is a critical year not only because time is even shorter than we thought, but in Australia it’s the year in which the Rudd government will make the decisions that determine Australia’s response to climate change.

This is the reason we’ve brought the Esperanza to Australia to campaign for an Energy [R]evolution. Our recent report shows that a transition away from coal to clean renewable energy is entirely achievable by 2030 – if we start now. This message is all the more important in light of today’s dredging up of the nuclear debate once more by Bob Carr and the Australian Workers Union.

Over the next 6 weeks, we’ll be travelling up the eastern seaboard of Australia, campaigning hard to get the federal government to acknowledge that renewables can do the job and that the time is up for fossil fuels. So stay tuned – The Energy [R]evolution tour has begun!

  • James

    Glad to see Greenpeace is leading with solutions. The only way we’ll get a transition away from coal is if people believe that renewables can do the job. Your report clearly shows that they can.

  • The Timing is on the Money. We need to ramp up the pressure on federal labor to deliver on their supposed green credentials.

  • Climate science is moving terrifyingly fast, showing that real events are consistently overshooting scientific projections.

    I don’t know of one climate model that predicted the current cooling trend over the last six years.

    Hey, where are the sails on that boat, anyways?

  • Emma Pittaway

    Hi AEGeneral

    I’m not sure which cooling trend you are refering to. According to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 7 of the 10 hottest years on record have all occurred in the last decade.

    As for why the Esperanza has a diesel electric motor, please see my blog: http://www.greenpeace.org.au/blog/?p=217

    and see if it answers your questions.

  • Observer

    If renewables really are are a viable option why don’t you use them? Is it a case of ‘do as I say not as I do’? Really, I think you know full well that there is no such thing as ‘renewables can do the job’. The only technology that comes close is nuclear energy, and Greenpeace is anti that. It is absurd that Greenpeace expects others to forgo their use of fossil fuels while Greenpeace is exempted to indulge in its pet projects. If there really is a fuel alternative then show us the way. Lead by example. Put up or shut up.

  • Emma Pittaway

    Observer –

    Greenpeace does not “expect others to forgo their use of fossil fuels” in the way you imply. We certainly don’t go around telling people not to refill their cars or to live without electricity. We are campaigning for a transformation in the way energy is produced and consumed, and responsiblity for this lies with the federal government, not individuals.

    The only reason renewables are not a viable option AT THE MOMENT is because of a lack of political will to make them so. The fact that renewables are technically viable has been proven over and over again. Perhaps you would like to read the report my blog refers to and let me know which part you find far-fetched?

    In the meantime, until the federal government stops backing fossil fuels and starts backing renewables, we do all that we can, and encourage others to do the same. Our offices are powered by 100% Green Power. The Esperanza has been retrofitted with the most efficient diesel electric motor available.

    Given that according to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Australia’s emissions need to peak in the next several years, how do you propose that nuclear energy can do the job?

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