Alan Kohler is one of Australia’s most experienced commentators and journalists. Alan is the founder of Eureka Report, Australia’s most successful investment newsletter, and Business Spectator, a 24-hour free business news and commentary website. He also hosts Inside Business, a half-hour Sunday programme on the ABC, is the finance presenter on the ABC News - and producer of the nightly graph (or two).
Google's new product announcements typically impress. But this latest announcement about Google Music shows that the company is happy to copy other incumbents and not blaze its own path in the digital music scene.
The US Supreme Court's decision whether to take up any of the petitions against climate change regulations could shape or shatter the Obama administration's efforts to solidify its climate change agenda.
There was mixed news in the budget for energy efficiency programs, with the Low Carbon Communities program losing $47 million while the industry-focussed Clean Technology Investment program remained intact.
As renewables surge, total electricity supplied by coal-fired generators is at its lowest level since the start of the NEM, in 1998. Meanwhile, electricity demand and emissions continue to drift lower.
Gas prices are high and rising, hurting energy users across the country. But, through a combination of energy efficiency and renewables, there is a solution – and by chasing it, we can boost export profits.
There's been much recent talk about Bitcoin, but few know that 'digging' for the virtual currency requires a staggering use of energy. Today’s Bitcoin search alone could have powered 33,901 US homes – and it's getting worse.
Today’s energy policy frameworks are hindering progress towards new models by giving incumbents excessive market power and blocking innovation. This will change, either through conflict or cooperation – or both.
The hysteria around the dangers of insulation is ridiculous and leading politicians to make irrational policy decisions on energy efficiency, including the decision yesterday to exclude insulation from the Victorian Energy Saver Incentive scheme until 2015.