Policy & Politics

Industry screams for RET deal, Labor agrees, but gov’t confused

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We now have an industry group many consider a front-group of the Liberal Party – the Chamber of Commerce and Industry - urging the government to stop being stubborn on the Renewable Energy Target. Could a deal be done by Thursday?

April enviro markets update - STCs and LGCs

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Trade continued in the small-scale renewables open market despite long-awaited activity in the Clearing House while the scheme's large-scale sibling eventually softened after Labor's RET compromise fell on deaf government ears.

UN climate chief meets Labor environment ministers

State ministers to consider energy efficiency collaboration; ACT launches $1.2m renewables fund.

Church of England divests from coal, tar sands

Church to scrap investments where 10% of revenues comes from either fuel.

Business groups in united call for 33,000GWh RET

Main lobby groups call for target compromise.

Is climate policy compatible with Tesla's battery-fueled dreams?

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If we act too quickly to raise the costs of carbon, pushing up the price of energy, it may be that we actually harm private-sector efforts to promote solar power, and in turn battery technology.

Qlders to lose out from energy merger: LNP

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'Less responsiveness' to natural disaster, outages.

Qld LNP in call to open up power market

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Oppn launches petition calling for deregulation.

Bishop defends climate contrarian

by AAP
But deputy says she was not involved in 'consensus centre' decision.

India gave mixed messages on gas: Barnett

by AAP
Premier unsure about nation's appetite for gas imports.

Labor offers new renewable energy target

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Shorten says 'this game's gone on too long' as Oppn goes down again, to 33,000GWh.

Australia - the world's laggard on car pollution and efficiency

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New data shows how badly Australia lags the world on motor vehicle fuel efficiency and emissions, but guess which Australian customer category buys the most polluting cars?

'Dr Karl' IGR ads cost $11m

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Labor labels ads a waste as campaign comes to end.

BCA calls for emissions target transparency

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Business lobby wants community 'understanding' from government's post-2020 target.

Can Dan Tehan get Abbott to stop playing games over renewable energy?

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His appearance on 7.30 last night clearly reflected deep degrees of frustration, as his party persists with an extraordinarily petty opposition to a Renewable Energy Target compromise.

Road to Paris: Japan to leave the hard work to others

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Japan’s target is not a credible contribution to avoiding 2 degrees warming, leaves it facing a mountain to climb after 2020 and threatens its competitive position as a relatively low emissions economy.

Safeguard mechanism for post-2020 reductions: Hunt

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Minister says mechanism flexible, can be 'progressively tightened' 2020-2050.

Teslas are finally here - but best not hook them up to Victoria's grid

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The latest shipment to Australia has arrived and the company is building a supercharger network from Melbourne to Brisbane by 2016 - but with more than 50% brown coal electricity, Teslas in Victoria are actually dirtier than efficient diesels.

The search for a ‘legally binding’ climate response

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As the EU pushes for a binding deal and the US a ‘hybrid’ legal-political approach, a panel of judges, lawyers and academics - including Australia's Michael Kirby - are trying to codify existing legal obligations.

Liberal MP breaks ranks on RET

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Dan Tehan says govt should accept Labor's offer on the Renewable Energy Target to end political impasse.

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