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The world is overheating, and despite good intentions and significant efforts, emissions increase nearly every year. The challenge is immense, but there are solutions.

In this lucid, inspiring essay, Alan Finkel maps Australia’s path forward. He explains the solar and wind revolution and addresses the challenge of intermittent supply. He introduces hydrogen, the energy hope of the future. He traces the rise and rise of the electric car. He shows how we can build a zero-emissions world. 

Taking into account economics, science and emotions, Getting to Zero is an essential guide to how Australia can tackle the climate crisis with realism and ingenuity.

©2020 Alan Finkel (P)2020 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

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Inspiring future view however lacks policy view

I’m so excited listen to Alan Finkel laying out his view for a prosperous zero carbon australia. So many opportunities to go after to make australia prosper.

However a supportive government with solid net zero policies (including carbon tax which is proven to help) is required to incentivise all parts of Australian society to take this bold exciting step into the future.

I would have preferred a few words on proven effective policies australia can adopt to further support this essay.

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Zero carbon future

Alan Finkel presents a well thought out and articulate perspective on the road to a zero carbon future, driven by science and pragmatics. While I might not agree with all that he says, this book has given me new perspectives.

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Gives me hope for our future

A well written and easy to understand blueprint for how to get to zero emissions. Alan takes on his critics addressing his support for gas. Very interesting and a must read for anyone wanting a bette future for our planet.

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great!

excellent essay, very informative, contains valuable information. Author explains and supports every topic, flows very smooth and pleasant to listening to.

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An excellent Australia-focused overview

I just finished Bill Gates's "how to avoid a climate disaster," which gave a solid overview of the global path toward zero emissions, and was delighted to find this essay, which gives a much more Aussie-centric view on the enormous challenge of decarbonisation, as well as the giant opportunities it will open up for our country.

Well researched, and well presented. Comprehensive, no nonsense and a refreshingly optimistic and solutions-focused look at the climate challenge.

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A great theory, told as if it were true

Finkels essay is the most dangerous sort, the one that sells a falls hope, a 'warm medium' that pacifiers listeners into thinking that the greatest unsolved problem of all time is on a path to be solved.

Finkel is well versed in Australia that doesn't exist, on a timeline that is somewhat irrelevant. He talks about what we 'will' do to transition to transition to zero emissions as if we are already doing it. His mantra of 'be ambitious, be patient' may be true, yet Australia has been uninvited from the biggest intergovernmental climate forum specifically for our LACK of ambition.

Finkel has let down hard working scientists in his essay. As he rightly points out Australian research is leading the way, but without investment from government, policy frameworks to let innovation thrive, and signals/incentives to markets to encourage investment, the science will never get out of the lab. All his solutions just aren't happening. Solar subsidies keep changing, state governments are increasing taxes on electric vehicles, and we are building some the largest coal mines and LNG mines in the world.

This reads as a 'How good is Australia?' statement, and similar to ape-minded prime-minister who touts it, this essay ignores the message that 12,000 other scientists have been screaming for decades, we need more action, and we need it now.

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reason to hope

I read this after reading a book by michael mann and they have given me hope for the future.

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