@ GregorS: Thanks for raising fuel cells and system integration.
I am keen to see where this technology takes us. Its a great example of the military being able to drive the development of a technology that has massive civilian and humanitarian impact.
@geoffrey-gunning-39130: Thanks for the comments and excellent quote.
I appreciate the rage you feel when you see stupidity win so often in public life, on such important issues.
@steve-buchholz-141503: HA ha, if we were in the same City we could have a good argument about global warming!
I agree with you that a pragmatic approach to the opportunity/cost of renewables favours vigorous investment, such as Australia's Clean Energy Future policy.
You have touched on a key issue for me about the decline of conservative thinking in Australia.
Contemporary conservatives fail to take a cautious, pragmatic approach to issues if they can instead find some political 'angle' to grind their opponents with. Its so tedious and irrational!
@Bill Bugbee: The fossil fools who pull the strings in the USA are a clearly well organised bunch!
@solar_people: That's not correct. PV is at residential grid parity now, which is a world first. Australia is the first country where PV electricity costs the same as conventional electricity for the residential consumer.
The issue now is not about rebates but about finance and access.
There is more in the total package, which is worth $13.2billion in direct funding. It includes a carbon price of $23/tonne during a tax phase, after which it becomes a trading scheme.
The bills will pass the Senate today so I will write an update for you all.