Category: Deregulation

Aug 03 2012

Renewable Energy Targeted?

Australia’s new independent Climate Change Authority recently embarked on a review of the federal government’s Renewable Energy Target (RET). At least one company, Origin Energy, is using the review as an excuse to demand the RET be weakened. Australia’s current target is 45 terawatt-hours (TWh) of new renewable energy by 2020, split into the 41 …

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Jul 26 2012

Environmental deregulation agenda continues

As NASA reports record ice melt in Greenland, Australian federal and state governments remain convinced we have too much environmental regulation. They reaffirmed this belief at yesterday’s meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). The communiqué gives very little detail, but it appears the environmental deregulation agenda outlined at April’s meeting is rolling onward …

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Jul 17 2012

The sabotaging of climate policy

On this blog I have covered the many flaws in government policies on climate change (I’ve focused on Australia, but similar criticisms could be made of climate policies around the world). There are seemingly endless complexities which might be bewildering to casual observers, but one of the most important things to understand is: the flaws …

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Jun 15 2012

Stop saying yes: Where we’re at today

This is the seventh in a series of posts about the Australian climate movement. Throughout 2011, the Say Yes campaign uncritically sucked up to Labor, and now we will pay the price. Labor may have been a temporary ally in the battle for a carbon price, but in the larger war they are not our …

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May 10 2012

Climate ignored in Australian federal budget

“Global warming poses a clear and present danger to civilization.” – US paleoclimatologist Lonnie Thompson “Madam Deputy Speaker, in coming years no first?world, first?rate economy will succeed without cleaner sources of energy. So part of the broader transformation of our economy involves moving to a clean energy future, and helping Australian businesses and households make …

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Apr 13 2012

Business declares war on environmental regulations

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) today met to discuss the business lobby’s demand that the Government cut “green tape”. Yesterday, Gillard chaired a Business Advisory Forum, at the end of which she announced this outcome: For the first time in 112 years of federation, business representatives have been able to come face to face …

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Apr 08 2012

It’s the climate, stupid

It is now clear that the Australian Government’s main priorities for this year are getting the budget into surplus, and removing regulations to appease businesses. Both objectives are leading the Government to cut climate change and renewable energy policies. It seems they have chosen to completely ignore the climate crisis. I should at this point …

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Apr 03 2012

Labor should ignore business lobby’s whining

Yesterday, ABC Breakfast host Fran Kelly berated Climate Change Minister Greg Combet for not accepting the ridiculous complaint by business that Australia’s carbon price is somehow “too high”. This is the fossil fuel lobby’s latest excuse, an argument they have been making for months now. Credit where it’s due: I am pleased to say Labor …

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Mar 30 2012

A dreadful week for the climate

This week’s events illustrate Australia’s rush to expand the fossil fuel industry is matched only by its rush to cut climate change and renewable energy policies. In Saturday’s Queensland state election, a major issue was coal seam gas. Both of the two major parties, Labor and the Liberal National Party (LNP), seem happy to let …

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Feb 12 2012

Australia’s real climate policy

If you live in Australia you’ve no doubt heard of the Gillard Government’s climate and energy policy: a carbon price branded as the way to a “Clean Energy Future”. But just as a magician misdirects an audience’s attention, the Clean Energy Future diverts attention from Labor’s real energy policy. The Draft Energy White Paper (EWP), …

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