Policy & Politics

Doubting Deloitte - Electricity price scaremongering, the sequel

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry says modelling by Deloitte raises doubt about other analysts’ conclusion that the renewables target hurts power generators more than consumers. But given the track record of the Chamber's Kate Carnell on price rise claims, there's a bit of doubt hanging over her.

Japan to offer $20,000 subsidy for fuel-cell Toyotas

Abe support plan to bring hydrogen vehicles down to $US50,000.

US utility hopes to build more reactors

Southern becomes first to propose nuclear expansion since new EPA carbon rules.

EU bosses outline increased energy savings goal

Leaders opt for increased 30% target by 2030 amid Russian gas threat.

Keeping pace in the global climate denial stakes

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.

Could Newman join an elite losers' club?

The Queensland Premier's leadership style is grating on his northern Brisbane electorate, putting him in the running to become just the second leader in Australian history to lose a seat in a re-elected government.

Cyclist party shifts into gear in NSW, Vic

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Safety agenda at top of new political movement.

Newman kicked off wind farm committee

PM's business advisor accused of using influence to undermine community consultation process.

Emerging countries 'looking to nuclear': analysts

GlobalData says power-hungry Asia-Pacific to add 13.8GW of nuclear by 2030.

Can big solar take on wind? Look to the banks

Some utility-scale solar developers are talking up the prospects of PV plants being about 40% cheaper, and matching wind's viability. They just need to get bankers thinking similarly.

Australia 'addicted to roads'

Leaked Infrastructure Australia-commissioned report says 'hideously inefficient' spending coming at expense of rail.

ARENA backs off-grid renewables hybrid for Lord Howe Island

Renewables agency to tip $4.5m into 1MW renewables-diesel project.

Americans back carbon tax 'with revenue flip'

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Majority would lend support if revenue funneled towards renewables, rebates: poll.

Tropical biology scientists pen letter to Abbott

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Global association gathering in Cairns fear for climate policy drift.

EPA chief to face Senate grilling

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McCarthy to take hot seat to discuss Obama power plant rules.

Europe's slight wind change

Estimates for Europe's wind capacity by 2020 have been revised down 40GW by the sector's peak industry body amid policy uncertainty, but growth will still be a healthy 64%.

Preparing for the climate displaced, both rich and poor

Far from running out of land, the world still has more than enough available land to provide for the needs of those everywhere facing and living with climate displacement.

Shorten makes case for ETS in Washington

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Opposition leader says lack of climate policy may soon affect trade deals.

Britain to stick with tough 50% target

Government withstands pressure to water down 2027 emissions goal.

Hunt learns to love the CEFC but delivers veiled threat on RET

The Environment Minister has given the first sign the government is undergoing a pragmatic rethink of its jihad on carbon reduction initiatives and institutions in light of Clive Palmer's Al Gore moment.