Alan Kohler is one of Australia’s most experienced business commentators. Alan has been a trusted source of investment advice to Australians for many years, and in 2005 he founded Eureka Report - Australia’s #1 online investment report. Along with Robert Gottliebsen and Stephen Bartholomeusz, Alan also founded Business Spectator, the popular business news and commentary website. Alan is the regular finance presenter on the ABC News and producer of the popular nightly graph (or two).
An article published yesterday about councils aiming to procure 1200 megawatts of renewable energy is incorrect. A Melbourne City Council official has clarified that this is just a goal of their council, but they don't intend to achieve it. So why have such a target in the first place?
We know that brown coal generators are the biggest polluters but we've made little in-roads into reducing their emissions via a wide array of policy measures. Should taxpayers foot the bill to shut one of them down or should we just pick out Hazelwood and force it to shut? We propose a better market-based alternative.
Malcolm Turnbull has completely reversed the Coalition’s fortunes in the polls built on what people hope he will do. On climate change are these hopes justified given the Environment Minister has said he doesn’t need to do anything more to achieve his targets to 2020?
Because it cares so much about the poor, a network monopoly, partly owned by the richest man in Asia, says it needs to hit customers with higher charges just for owning a solar system. But a small community organisation thinks it can convince a judge otherwise.
In launching another attempt to establish a central radioactive waste repository, the government must gain local community consent in order to avoid past failures. Even better it might consider whether a centralised dump is even necessary.
The SA Government has joined with several other state government authorities in launching a plan to procure a big chunk of low carbon power. Meanwhile the private sector power retailers are yet to commit to one single project since the RET was re-legislated.
The contradictions in the government’s approach to climate change are being flushed out via a diplomatic dispute with the US. But it’s not just Obama making things difficult, with the International Energy Agency changing its tune on coal demand.
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has launched a sweeping attack on Cardinal George Pell for his dismissive stance on climate change and accused him of inconsistency in criticising Pope Francis' own call for action on the issue.