Daily Telegraph Editorial: Solving the problem of our energy supply is always difficult

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The NSW government’s decision to halve emissions by 2030 is an important and important decision, writes the Daily Telegraph.

Reducing carbon dioxide levels while maintaining a strong and reliable power supply is a Rubik’s cube puzzle that many haven’t been able to solve.

The challenge is to bring enough renewable energy sources into an electricity grid in order to reduce overall emissions while not losing any stability.

Yet the NSW government now says it is on track to meet that goal.

New projections to be released on Wednesday show NSW on track to cut emissions from 47 to 52 percent of 2005 levels by 2030.

So that’s part of the challenge. And on the reliability side, the government is also confident.

“Legally, we are required to have enough distributable power in the system to meet demand on a heatwave day once every 10 years, as well as two of our largest power units at all times,” the minister said. from the Environment Matt Kean.

“Our short-term forecast shows that there is enough electricity in the system to meet it.”

Obviously, there are additional elements to the energy puzzle of the future.

As was once again extremely clear in this year’s Upper Hunter by-election, there are other social and political aspects to consider.

Once again, the state government and Matt Kean are confident.

The environment minister said projections showed the state could “do its part” to reduce emissions “without damaging our traditional manufacturing and mining sector.”

A win / win situation is extremely rare in the emissions debate, but the government believes it can achieve it.

In fact, it could be a win / win / win. Indeed, at the same time as the massive reduction of emissions and the maintenance of traditional industries. Kean anticipates significant savings for consumers.

“Our goal of reducing emissions assumes continued expansion of coal mining in NSW, they assumes continued growth in the agricultural sector and a huge reduction in electricity prices,” Kean said.

“It’s neither. We do both.

Obviously, 2030 is less than a decade away. These projections are not tied to a time when no one will be there yet to justify them.

These are big calls that many are rolling on now.

GLADYS WINNING AGAINST DAN’S INCOMPETENCE

Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday revealed a range of freedoms that will be granted once NSW reaches the 80% double-dose vaccine target.

That’s quite a list, and compares well with plans from other states – which aren’t really plans at all, literally.

Among other reduced restrictions, NSW residents at double vaxx will from Magic Monday be allowed to host up to 10 visitors to the house, join groups of 20 in outdoor environments and enjoy community sport.

And from December 1, all of New South Wales will get unlimited rights for home visits and outdoor gatherings, in addition to being able to attend hospitality venues at a density of one person per 2m². .

So far, so good. But these advances are impressive only when compared to other states.

Outside of Australia, progress has been much faster and more liberating.

Berejiklian’s government could speed things up, for example by advancing rapid antigen testing – which is being delayed by health bureaucrats and the inertia of the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

These three-minute tests could help open sites well ahead of the government’s arbitrary December 1 schedule.

Still, the state government seems content, when it comes to rapid antigen testing, to let it hang out.

Both Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian and her interstate counterparts continue to make her look good in comparison.

Victorian Prime Minister Dan Andrews, for example, is currently grappling with a controversy entirely of his own creation.

In April 2020, Andrews announced that Victoria would receive a “massive injection of $ 1.3 billion to quickly establish 4,000 additional intensive care beds.”

Those beds could be placed in existing facilities, Andrews said, or they could end up in a brand new super clinic.

Such a place could be “one of the largest intensive care units in our country, maybe anywhere in the world.”

That was 18 months ago. Now the Victorians, trapped by months of closures, restrictions and curfews, are starting to wonder: so where are all those intensive care beds?

Andrews seems to have no answer.

Against this skill level, Berejiklian will always win. But NSW deserves more than being less compromised than Victoria.

JAMIE DURIE PROPERTY STOUSH A CLASSIC STORY OF SYDNEY

This is the perfect story of Sydney.

Northern Beaches Council’s large estate has it all: money, property, fame, bureaucracy and environmental angst.

The problem is famed gardener Jamie Durie’s plan to build a six-story mansion on waterfront land in Avalon.

To complete construction, Durie would have to demolish the original four-bedroom 1960s cottage currently on the site.

Some neighbors are concerned that the size of Durie’s Mansion development will overshadow their own smaller homes and block out sunlight and views.

But the biggest problem for many is that Durie, Planet Ark’s National Tree Day Ambassador, also wants to remove 17 native trees – specifically seven spotted gums, two broadleaf white mahogany, five forest oaks, one gum. gray, a Christmas bush and a gray iron bark.

Cue outrage.

Neighbor John Sheehan wrote in his objection that the request should be denied by city council because it is “likely to have serious and irreversible impacts on biodiversity values”.

Peter Mayman, of the Avalon Preservation Association, said it “would go beyond his environmentally sensitive block.”

The Pittwater Natural Heritage Association is concerned about the effect on canopy trees. And actors Brendan Donoghue and Amanda Maple-Brown say the construction would be “a tragedy for native wildlife.”

If this building ever comes to fruition, it’s a safe bet that Jamie Durie won’t be invited to any street party in Avalon.

This dispute in a full-scale version of similar real estate battles that have probably taken place since the very founding of Sydney.

This is why so many people will be fascinated by this conflict and deeply invested in its outcome. For much of the property-obsessed Sydney, this is their equivalent of the NRL Grand Final.

Ask your friends about this story and you will find that most have already taken sides. Those from the pro-development camp will be part of the Durie team.

Those who oppose it will be part of the high ranks of Sydney’s Nothing New Lobby. And then there will be many who just enjoy a good showdown with a celebrity.

It is unclear at this point how long the dispute will continue, whether it can go beyond advice to go to court, or who can eventually prevail.

But it will be deeply intriguing to watch.

The Daily Telegraph, printed and published by the owner, Nationwide News Pty Ltd ACN 008438828 of 2 Holt St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, at 26-52 Hume Highway, Chullora. Responsibility for election commentary rests with Editor-in-Chief, Ben English.


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