Peak oil

Karl Fitzgerald - the easy economics of high speed rail

Beyond Zero talks to Karl Fitzgerald, an economist, "tax geek" and Project Director at Prosper Australia and Earthsharing. He talks about land value capture and how it can fund the building the high speed rail network from Melbourne to Brisbane, researched in BZE's Zero Carbon Australia High Speed Rail report.

Ian Dunlop

Ian Dunlop is a former senior coal industry executive who now believes the climate change challenge is far greater and more urgent than acknowledged officially, and demands nothing less than an emergency response. Ian chairs the Australian National Wildlife Collection Foundation, is Deputy Convenor of the Australian Association for the Study of Peak Oil and advises on governance and sustainability.

Kurri Kurri Gathering part 1: The Sunrise Project & Sierra Club

Beyond Zero radio takes you to a gathering in rural NSW today. The Sunrise Project gathered landowners and activists, politicians and people ready to go to jail in the battle to wake us up to climate change. They were at Kurri Kurri in the Hunter Valley, at the:

Our Land, Our Water, Our Future: Beyond Coal and Gas Gathering 2013 from 18-20 May.

As part of the three-day meeting, participants were involved in training and skill-shares in fundraising, media and legal processes. Together, we discussed how to counter mining industry spin with economic research, groundwater modelling and peaceful civil defence in ‘open space’ workshops and keynote talks.
Vivien Langford first speaks to Jonathon Moylan about pressuring your bank or super fund to stop lending to new coal or gas projects. He caused  the share price of a coal mine to plummet by putting out hoaxed press release from ANZ. Then Vivien gets the low down on how to mobilise from Sierra Club organisers Bob Bingaman and Jacinta Vargas.

Professor Colin Butler from Canberra University describes the health impact worldwise of an addiction to coal. Then stay tuned for  Ian Dunlop. He is a business insider who has managed coal companies and former president of the Australian Coal Association. His message to the mining industry is to think again, to face up to the fact that 80% of the coal oil and gas has to stay underground to get on track with the decarbonised economy.

Repower Port Augusta Part 3

As the parliamentary select committee into repowering Port Augusta prepares to visit Gemasolar in Spain, we are building up community knowledge and desire to see Australia's first big solar thermal power plant in South Australia. This is part 3 of Beyond Zero's series into the Repower Port Augusta campaign.

Vivien and Beth talk to Dan van Holst Pellekaan - MP for Port Augusta, Terry Mc Bride - BZE activist in Adelaide and Dr Karl Kruzelnicki.

See BZE's and Repower Port Augusta's submissions to the SA Select Committee on the Port Augusta Power Stations here.

Transition towns in a post carbon world

As the USA faces a “Frankenstorm” following a record breaking drought, we look at the ideas and people  preparing a transition from the age of Carbon to the age of Zero Emissions. BZE radio, unlike the mainstream media, not only connects the dots but offers climate solutions.

Richard Heinberg, author of "The End of Growth" and “Powerdown” speaks with Vivien Langford from Beyond Zero Radio at his hotel in Sydney. Richard was visiting Australia on a speaking tour and spoke at the Festival of Dangerous ideas. Thanks to Peter Dowson for filming this interview (click YouTube video above).

Transition Towns is a global movement building resilient, sustainable, vibrant and happy communities. It is a community based response to the future challenges of climate change and peak oil. For more information on Transition Towns, go to

Lancer Lieber and Peter Dowson of Transitions Bondi talk  to Vivien about getting our food from local sources including urban gardens. They are helping groups of Bondi people install solar panels at a manageable price. We talk about understanding how to get the most help from  local councillors who are committed to lowering our carbon footprint. They are inspired by the Transition Towns Movement which is preparing people to be resilient and live sustainably as climate change affects all our lives.

Zero Carbon transport: what might it look like?

On the world stage Australia has one of the highest concentrations of private cars per head of population, and we drive very high numbers of kilometres per person.

This behaviour has been long supported by successive state and federal transport policies that have protected the car industry at the expense of developing an effective public transport system.

For the past 40 years, no real effort has been made to integrate comprehensive transport planning into urban design; suburbs are rolled out around freeways with a few bus routes thrown in to window-dress the development. 

M1 Montague St flyover by Craig Abraham

A Leaf to hide Australia’s peak oil embarrassment

Matthew Wright

Fortunately for the Federal Government, it can use a “Leaf” to hide its growing embarrassment at being exposed for suppressing its own report warning of sharp declines in global oil production in five years time.

In 2009, Transport Minister Anthony Albanese’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) published Report 117, which revealed “at some point beyond 2017 we must begin to cope with the longer-term task of replacing oil as a source of energy. Given the inertias inherent in energy systems and vehicle fleets, the  transition will be necessarily challenging to most economies aroundthe world”.

smh: Peak oil: it's closer than you think

Peak oil is forcing its way to the top of the agenda with stark warnings from the International Energy Agency and others repeated on ABC radio and television this week, after an investigation by the Catalyst program.

Following up a similar program she made in 2005, journalist Jonica Newby gained a rare interview with the IEA chief economist, Fatih Birol, who said crude oil production peaked in 2006 and, in veiled terms, added governments should have started working seriously on the problem a decade ago and warned of the threat of more oil wars.

Whereas five years ago the agency expected total production - including oil from deep-sea drilling and unconventional sources such as tar sands - could rise to 120 million barrels a day by 2030, the agency now expects production will reach only 96 million barrels. And Birol reckons there are no guarantees it can be brought out of the ground in a timely fashion.

Coal plants closing, people own their own power, feed-in tariffs & more!

Paul GipePaul Gipe, author of 'Wind Energy Basics' talks to Scott Bilby about how the Canadian province of Ontario plans to close all its coal power plants by 2014, how people in Vermont wanting to own their own energy sources pushed politicians into instituting feed-in tariffs, and much more. And a warning for Australians: Beware FITINOS - Feed-in Tariffs in Name Only!

London's new drinking fountains a challenge to bottled water industry

London may soon follow in the footsteps of Bundanoon, the Australian town that last week banned bottled water and set up drinking fountains for thirsty locals.

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