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Isn’t this the way everyone travels?

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg (covered before at The Breakdown) may be the only climate catastophists who isn’t a hypocrite.

And good one her. Credit where credit is due:

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has accepted a ride across the Atlantic by boat to attend two key climate conferences.

The teenager will make the journey aboard the Malizia II, a high-speed 18-metre (60ft) yacht built to race around the globe.

“We’ll be sailing across the Atlantic Ocean from the UK to New York in mid August,” she tweeted.

Thunberg refuses to fly because of the environmental impact of air travel.

In a Facebook post, Team Malizia said they were “honoured to sail Greta Thunberg emission free across the Atlantic”.

If only we could all travel ‘carbon free’.

But what does it involve?

Malizia II was built to compete in the 2016-2017 round-the-world Vendée Globe race. The high-tech vessel generates electricity through solar panels and underwater turbines.

Thunberg and her father will make the crossing with captain Boris Herrmann, Monaco royal family member Pierre Casiraghi and a Swedish documentary maker, Nathan Grossman. The journey is expected to take about two weeks.

A spokeswoman for Team Malizia told the BBC they approached Thunberg to offer to take her, and had no previous plan to sail the yacht across the Atlantic.

It is not known how the activist will return to Europe. She is staying in the Americas for nine months, so as yet Team Malizia has no plan to take her back to Europe.

The team has not yet calculated the cost of the trip.

Typical of climate activists. Someone else pays for your virtue signalling.

Looks cosy.

Climate report

If you’re interested in the cost of renewable-v-coal this is an interesting report from CSIRO, highlight include:

“Electricity generation costs are a key ingredient into the electricity sector modelling which underpins much of the sector’s strategic planning and policy analysis,” Mr Graham said.

“Our data confirms that while existing fossil fuel power plants are competitive due to their sunk capital costs, solar and wind generation technologies are currently the lowest-cost ways to generate electricity for Australia, compared to any other new-build technology.

“At a global level, the investment costs of a wide range of low emission generation technologies are projected to continue to fall, and we found new-build renewable generation to be least cost, including when we add the cost of two or six hours of energy storage to wind and solar.

“This also holds when the cost of fossil generation technology is adjusted for climate policy risk or not.

“Data from GenCost 2018, combined with some of our previous research, indicates we may need additional flexible technologies – such as energy storage, demand management, and peaking gas plants – if the share of variable renewables increases beyond 50 per cent.”

There’s a lot to think about (thanks to Facebook poster Anthony J Cox).

Crown under the spotlight

Here are the political donations from Crown in 2017-18. They gave around $180,000 – mainly to WA party bracnhes. During an election year.

How Labor tried to influence Facebook

This is a great exclusive at The Guardian and it says a lot abot how political parties exert influence.

Read it.