Australia has the potential to become a world leader in green energy | Canberra time

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Hydrogen can be made from fossil fuels, which contribute to global warming, or it can be made from renewable energy and water using an electrolyzer, producing zero carbon emissions. When made from renewable energy, green hydrogen enables the production of low-carbon, high-value goods such as green steel, fertilizers, cement, aluminum and ammonia . Describing hydrogen made from fossil gas or coal as ‘clean’ due to the addition of costly and so far largely unsuccessful carbon capture and storage is simply greenwashing, the former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, now president of Fortescue Future Industries, describes him as “a jerk”. . Australia’s vast potential for using renewable energy to produce green hydrogen positions us well to be a major player in this space. If our federal government can overcome its fossil fuel fetish, we can be pushers, not leaners, on reducing carbon dioxide emissions and we can benefit from a lucrative industry in the future. John Hutchison (Letters, February 3) questions the logic of using electricity to produce hydrogen to generate electricity at the proposed power station at Kurri Kurri. The process is far from 100% efficient, so it only makes sense as a form of imperfect energy storage. Storing pumped hydro power is also less 100% efficient, but still useful if an abundance of cheap renewable electricity is used to pump water upstream so it is available to be driven back down by turbines in periods of low direct production and/or high demand when it is high. wholesale electricity prices occur. I guess the Kurri Kurri plant might end up running only 2% of the time and it might struggle to compete with batteries and hydroelectric storage. It is a sad reflection on the pathetic state of our democracy that some of the asylum seekers we hold illegally in detention will begin their 10th year in prison this year. It’s a worse sentence than others for manslaughter. The imprisonment of these refugees is a direct violation of the national commitment we made as signatories to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. This is not an Australia that any of us can to be proud. Zed Seselja is wrong if he thinks the independents movement is a ‘billionaire-backed front for the green left’ (“Fundraising battle heats up in ACT Senate race”, February 2 ). Across the country, ordinary people who have never been politically active before are demanding something different from the status quo. Communities want to be heard and David Pocock is listening. We want our voices to be heard, not just those of the party machine. We want the integrity of Parliament restored and we know that climate action is long overdue. It is a mistake to dismiss them as “left” concerns. Ian Pilsner (Letters, February 1) is rather sensitive to the criticism of government actions by Crispin Hull and Jack Waterford. It ignores the fact that they are also contributing to the suggested policy improvements and will no doubt continue regardless of government. It is a journalist’s job to hold governments to account. No one is perfect (some pollies think they are) and some speak plainly in newly revealed posts. We are all meant to learn from our mistakes, however, Scotty and his ministers repeatedly made the same mistakes. They deserve criticism for that. How to maintain democracy if there is no objective criticism of the press? Sixteen-year-olds are no dumber than we are, and in many ways less dumber. It’s time to give them a say in their terrible future.


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