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State Election Candidates Mackillop electorate

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

PRESS RELEASE: 6TH MARCH 2014

 

QUESTIONNAIRE ON UNCONVENTIONAL GAS, OIL AND COAL

 

MacKillop will be contested by 5 candidates:

 

Donella Peters The Greens

Bill Pomery Family First

Terry Soulmatis Aust Labor Party

Mitch Williams Liberal Party

Steve Davies Independent

Each candidate received a questionnaire containing three questions concerning unconventional gas, oil and coal and landowners and farmers rights. Candidates were asked to respond with a YES or NO and then offer their commitment, if elected, to work in the House to achieve the results according to their answers.

 

The campaign director, Dr Catherine Pye from Mount Gambier believes the signed commitment to be essential in discovering genuine candidates. Her campaign offered to give as much publicity as possible to the survey results. The campaign was run with the support of Community Action for Sustainability Inc and the Limestone Coast Strike Out Alliance Inc name change pending to Limestone Coast Protection Alliance Inc.

 

Questions:

 

1. Will you work for and vote in the House, for a two-year moratorium on unconventional gas, oil and coal exploration and mining, during which time the State Minister must appoint a genuinely independent expert panel, to prepare a report on the future and long term impact of unconventional gas, oil and coal exploration and mining, including fracking, on water quality and quantity, human and animal health, air and soil health, climate change and local economies.

2. Will you work for and vote in the House, for the rights of farmers and land owners to say NO to exploration and mining on their land.

3. Will you work for and vote in the House, for the creation of 'no-go zones' which provide a permanent ban on unconventional gas, oil and coal expansion in key locations for agriculture, health or water in SA. These zones would include important water resource, farming (land and water), and conservation areas and include an appropriate buffer around homes.

 

Results:

The Greens Donella Peters answered YES to all three questions.

 Family First answered Yes to all three questions with qualifications: Q1 Yes, but a moratorium only in SE, Q2, YES with a mining ombudsmen to decide on farmers rights: Q3 YES Strategic cropping areas for food and water, but not sure if they include conservation areas.

Liberals Q1 NO, but an inquiry into unconventional gas, Q2 NO, Q3, NO

Labour Q1 No, Q2, NO, Q3 No

Independent Steve Davies Q1 NO, Q2 NO; Q3 YES, but we are aware that Steve is a supporter of GAS development from his comments in local media

Every effort has been made to present the questionnaire in a fair manner.

 

Election comment authorised and distributed by

Dr Catherine Pye, PO Box 9323, Mount Gambier West, 5290, 0428399441

For Limestone Coast Protection Alliance and Community Action for Sustainability.

State Election Mount Gambier Candidate Questionnaire results

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

PRESS RELEASE: 6TH MARCH 2014

 

QUESTIONNAIRE ON UNCONVENTIONAL GAS, OIL AND COAL

 

Mount Gambier will be contested by 5 candidates:

Don Pegler Independent

John Baseley The Greens

Peter Heaven Family First

Troy Bell Liberal Party

Jim Maher Aust Labor Party

Each candidate received a questionnaire containing three questions concerning unconventional gas, oil and coal and landowners and farmers rights. Candidates were asked to respond with a YES or NO and then offer their commitment, if elected, to work in the House to achieve the results according to their answers.

 

The campaign director, Dr Catherine Pye from Mount Gambier believes the signed commitment to be essential in discovering genuine candidates. Her campaign offered to give as much publicity as possible to the survey results. The campaign was run with the support of Community Action for Sustainability Inc and the Limestone Coast Strike Out Alliance Inc name change pending to Limestone Coast Protection Alliance Inc.

 

Questions:

 

1. Will you work for and vote in the House, for a two-year moratorium on unconventional gas, oil and coal exploration and mining, during which time the State Minister must appoint a genuinely independent expert panel, to prepare a report on the future and long term impact of unconventional gas, oil and coal exploration and mining, including fracking, on water quality and quantity, human and animal health, air and soil health, climate change and local economies.

2. Will you work for and vote in the House, for the rights of farmers and land owners to say NO to exploration and mining on their land.

3. Will you work for and vote in the House, for the creation of 'no-go zones' which provide a permanent ban on unconventional gas, oil and coal expansion in key locations for agriculture, health or water in SA. These zones would include important water resource, farming (land and water), and conservation areas and include an appropriate buffer around homes.

 Results:

Independent Don Pegler answered YES to all three questions.

Don Pegler is asking for a longer 4 year moratorium allowing for an independent inquiry to look at all the concerns.

 The Greens John Baseley answered YES to all three questions.

Family First Q1 Yes, but a moratorium only in SE, Q2, YES with a mining ombudsmen to decide on farmers rights: Q3 YES Strategic cropping areas for food and water, but not sure if they include conservation areas.

Liberals Q1 NO, but an inquiry into unconventional gas, Q2 NO, Q3, NO

Labour Q1 No, Q2, NO, Q3 No

Every effort has been made to present the questionnaire in a fair manner.

 

Election comment authorised and distributed by Dr Catherine Pye, PO Box 9323, Mount Gambier West, 5290, 0428399441

For Limestone Coast Protection Alliance and Community Action for Sustainability.

Climate Report from NASA media release jan 2011

Posted on March 29, 2011 at 1:17 AM Comments comments (0)

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See the full article at http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2010-warmest-year.html

NASA Research Finds 2010 Tied for Warmest Year on Record, January 12, 2011

Global surface temperatures in 2010 tied 2005 as the warmest on record, according to an analysis released Wednesday by researchers at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.

 

In 2010, global temperatures continued to rise. A new analysis from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies shows that 2010 tied with 2005 as the warmest year on record, and was part of the warmest decade on record. The two years differed by less than 0.018 degrees Fahrenheit. The difference is smaller than the uncertainty in comparing the temperatures of recent years, putting them into a statistical tie. In the new analysis, the next warmest years are 1998, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2009, which are statistically tied for third warmest year. The GISS records begin in 1880.

Even for a near record-breaking year like 2010 the broader context is more important than a single year. "Certainly, it is interesting that 2010 was so warm despite the presence of a La Niña and a remarkably inactive sun, two factors that have a cooling influence on the planet, but far more important than any particular year's ranking are the decadal trends," Hansen said.

Results of the National Community survey on renewable energy.

Posted on November 24, 2010 at 5:53 AM Comments comments (0)

National Community survey on renewable energy.

  

Community Action for Sustainability Inc have joined the 100% renewable energy campaign started by the Mt Alexander Sustainability Group (based in Bendigo, Victoria) along with many other community groups Australia wide. http://masg.org.au/

 

 

CAS completed the survey in June and July 2010 and collated the information from over 70 participants.

 

The results are very clear and strongly support Renewable Energy and urge the Australian Government to act now.

• 97.1% felt that the Australian government is NOT doing enough to promote the development of clean renewable energy, like wind, wave and solar in Australia.

 

• 67.1 % felt that creating clean energy jobs should be a high priority for the Australian Government this year, 28.4% thought it should be a mid priority.

 

• 52.9% felt that we should use the current subsidies given to fossil fuel companies for renewable energy. And a further 42.9% felt that the subsidies should be shared between renewable and fossil fuels until renewable energy schemes get to a level of replacing fossil fuels.

 

• A strong vote of 95.7% believed that Australia should develop a plan to move to 100% renewable energy.

 

Of the 70 responses - 37.7% don’t use renewable energy in their homes, 30% use solar power, 29% solar hot water and 24% buy green power.

 

We had 48 comments from those who took the survey including;

1. Our region needs to be known for its initiatives and sustainable planning both now and for history

2. Surely it would be cheaper to subsidise solar panels on every house in Australia than building a new coal powered power station in each state

3. Do you have solar panels or solar hot water at home and/or do you buy Green Power.

4. Whether or not global warming is a reality, whether or not it's caused by human activity (and I believe it IS) then it STILL makes sense to switch to renewable energy and adopt sustainable lifestyles. The reasons cannot be denied. Fossil fuels are very much in limited supply and we need to protect the environment. Even the Climate Change deniers can't escape that logic!

5. Renewable energy is no longer just something aging hippies talk about, it is the future. The Government should be commended for the changes we have made in recent years but should consider pushing it further

6. Investment in renewable energy particularly at community and local levels should be a priority. As an immediate start it should be mandated that all new constructions should have renewable capability as well as water storage. Small communities should be encouraged and supported, both financially and technically, to produce their own energy to become self sufficient. We should be world leaders in this technology

7. I want my grandchildren to grow up in a healthy world that will outlast their generation and many more

 

CAS thank you all those who participated in this survey.

 

For more information http://www.100percent.org.au/

 


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