Policy & Politics

Keeping pace in the global climate denial stakes

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Twenty-five per cent of the Australian population doesn't believe in man-made climate change, one of the highest levels for developed nations but still behind the US.

Coal boss slams 'green imperialism'

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Whitehaven's Flynn says divestment campaign a 'symbolic move'

The Warburton 'windfall effect'

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Implementing the RET Review's recommendations would see black coal generators, now operating at low levels, surge in output. If there is one clear implication from the report, it's buy Origin and AGL.

Labor, Greens reject review findings

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Hunt points to likelihood of 27,00GWh target.

Where in the US is solar installed?

New data shows that Californians' penchant for photovoltaics has them leading in pipeline capacity by a factor of five, while Nevada's love of large-scale plants has it sitting comfortably second.

Warburton recommendations - a choice between being 'shot or hung'

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The renewables industry, climate advocacy think-tanks and green groups deliver their response to the Warburton Review's damning recommendations on the Renewable Energy Target.

Sceptic Warburton brought 'completely open mind'

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RET Review head says personal views on human-caused climate change were non-issue.

RET Review – experts respond

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Alan Pears, Andrew Blakers, Tony Wood and Dylan McConnell respond to the Warburton Review's damning assessment of the Renewable Energy Target.

Flannery lashes 'biased' review

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'Clearly the process has been highly flawed'.

Attacking the RET will open another tough battlefront for Abbott

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The RET is popular in the community but fossil fuel interests contributed a total of more than $900,000 to the federal Liberal Party from mid-2009 to mid-2013.

RET Review delivers blow to clean energy industry

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Panel calls for end to large-scale and small-scale schemes, admits cost on customer bills 'moderate'.

Will solar face a price reform shock?

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The energy market rule-maker has laid out logical proposals for determining network charges amid the solar-inspired demand drop. But networks may yet subvert the strategy.

Oil and gas investment boom 'fading fast'

Report finds Australia must look towards lower-quality fields.

Don't fall for the networks' fixed price push

Solar's uptake is leaving network companies out of pocket and they want to fight back with fixed charges. But, rightfully, the energy market rule maker is proposing the reverse.

Is the RET a market-distorting subsidy?

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Critics of the renewables target forget Australia's energy market is not a level playing field and, in the absence of a carbon price, the RET is actually a way of correcting the electricity market.

Corbell to address Nobel laureates

ACT Environment Minister to detail pioneering climate plan.

Sydney University coal ban 'will be influential'

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Green investor group says university's investment halt a first for Australia.

Australia's transport is falling behind on energy efficiency

Among its OECD peers, Australia ranks 10th out of 16 for overall energy efficiency - but we're last for transport due largely to continuing investment in roads over rail.

Former Coalition deputy predicts ETS return

Whitehaven Coal chair Mark Vaile also sees G20 climate discussions.

The power sector is collateral damage in our culture war

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As more details about the renewables review leak out, it seems the Australian Industry Group's renewed called for electricity bipartisanship will fall flat. With everyone stuck in their positions, Australia is stumbling towards the worst of all systems.

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