Energy Law and the Environment by Rosemary Lyster

By Rosemary Lyster

Unsustainable practices around the globe in power construction and intake have ended in a plethora of environmental difficulties. until eventually lately environmental legislation principally ignored the relevance of power creation and intake; power used to be visible to be of little value to the development of sustainable improvement. This has replaced considering 2000 with the worldwide hindrance hooked up to weather swap, the ebook by way of the United countries of the area strength evaluation and the particular attention given to this factor on the international Summit on Sustainable improvement in Johannesburg in 2002. Australia has been visible to be lagging in the back of the opposite significant industrialised international locations of the realm in addressing sustainable power concerns. This e-book was once first released in 2006.

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11 See article by Professor Stuart White in Sydney Morning Herald, 13 June 2005. 9 OVERVIEW: ENERGY PRODUCTION AND USE 9 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. At no time has the same level of support been forthcoming to support the development and commercialisation of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Finally, with the well-known difficulties of disposing of the waste associated with nuclear energy, the technology may well exacerbate, rather than solve, environmental problems. Perhaps one of the greatest concerns is that a focus on a nuclear energy industry in Australia will detract support and funding for the nascent sustainable energy industry.

As mentioned earlier he has requested the Commonwealth House of Representatives Standing Committee on Industry and Resources to inquire into the strategic importance of Australia’s uranium resources. There seems to be considerable support within the current Australian government for reopening the debate about a future nuclear energy industry in Australia. The Prime Minister has welcomed the debate,8 while Deputy Whip of the Liberal Party, Alan Eggleston, said Australia should consider using nuclear energy to reduce its reliance on coal for electricity.

Other countries have taken a strong lead in introducing ethanol as a motor fuel. The most spectacular success has occurred in Brazil, which in 1976 commenced a large-scale program of planting sugar cane and cassava specifically for the production of ethanol. 63 Australia is similarly well placed to produce ethanol in light of its tropical climate in the north and its extensive sugar cane industry in Queensland. Ethanol is particularly important because of its use as a motor fuel. While generally rich in mineral resources, Australia has only very modest oil reserves on a global scale.

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