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How Australia Perfected Solar Power and Then Went Back to Coal

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There was a time in the 1980s when Australia led the world in solar technology

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Howard Crosse (21)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 10:54 am
This is awful. I am a big fan of solar power, we live in England, not the sunniest place in the world, but the 16 PV panels that we have fitted to our property produce nearly half the electricity we use. In addition plans have been approved for a 260 acre solar farm to be built in a village near us. If it can work in England it can certainly work in Australia!

Margarita R (26)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 12:57 pm
I am living in Spain and we try with solar power,
why all countries always are depending on one or other party, it is a mess and a shame

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 1:21 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal. So unfortunate the role that politics plays here. For the U.S., our hope came and went with Pres. Carter, who installed solar panels on the White House and encouraged the rest of the country to join him. As Reagan entered office, he removed those panels and all hope for expanding solar energy. At least the article ended on a note of positive hope for Australia. We all must get to work here in the U.S.

Freya H (355)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 3:05 pm
I smell Big Fossil Fuel money behind this idiotic folly.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 4:55 pm
One of our silly acts, like initially building railroads with 8 different gauges!!

Peta Clarke (30)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 5:35 pm
Noted and thank you Cal. Well coal prices and iron ore have done down. Our idot Prime Minister Abbott and his mates are relying on selling resources overseas. He can't see the writing on the wall. We will have to be patient and see what happens. Budget has not gone through yet. Lets see what happens in the Senate. We can live in hope!!!!!

Nelson Baker (0)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 5:48 pm
Noted. Could corruption be involved?

Ondine J (134)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 5:57 pm
A disgrace and yes, I agree with Freya fossil fuel money playing a big part, thanks Cal

Jordan G (37)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 7:46 pm

Monica D (580)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 7:47 pm
The world needs to switch to appropriate renewable energy.

Jan F (15)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 10:56 pm
Really? Unbelivable ...

Colleen L (3)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 11:28 pm
Who would ever thought??? Thanks Cal

Past Member (0)
Monday September 1, 2014, 12:41 am
Is this what is termed as a progressive step backwards ?.

Julie W (32)
Monday September 1, 2014, 3:24 am
This backward step is crazy! But it fits in with all the other 'back to the 50's' policies Abbott loves.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Monday September 1, 2014, 7:06 am
Our problem is that we have the IPA, demonic child of demon ALEC. the IPA is controlled by climate deniers and aficionados of fossil fuel billionaires. Australia has made certain choices in the past that has made it dependent on manufactured goods from Asia in exchange for mining resources such as coal. the coalition government is bought by the billionaires, but they also may doubt that Australia would have anything else to offer the world to trade with.

Past Member (0)
Monday September 1, 2014, 7:08 am
This is so frustrating.

pam w (139)
Monday September 1, 2014, 7:37 am
I don't understand but I'll bet there's money involved here.....

Thomas M (8)
Monday September 1, 2014, 8:10 am
As long as the conservatives are in power, corporations will have the say and the environment will be in jeopardy. The electorates in our democratic nations are not very smart at times in their political choices and don't seem to understand the environmental considerations necessary to survive short term, let alone long term. Kiss the Great Barrier Reef goodbye. Kiss our ground water goodbye in the US due to fracking and Mother Nature (drought). Europeans are struggling with this as well. Humanity takes last consideration, $$$$$$ and greed is first. Our oceans are one big toilet, our wildlife is being wiped out, protected lands are being destroyed, and we pump carbon into the air like there will be no tomorrow. Stupid, greedy people do stupid things and most of us sit around and watch. Sickening.

Frances D (170)
Tuesday September 2, 2014, 1:41 am

Arild Gone for now (174)
Tuesday September 2, 2014, 3:24 am
One step forward and then two steps back.

Kyle N (1)
Thursday September 11, 2014, 6:57 pm
Solar is only good if the sun shines, it is expensive to install, yet the maintenance is cheap. Coal power is cheap to build, but not cheap to maintain, but is also a health issue if underground mining. It may be a job issue.
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