Category Archive: Energy

Nov 10 2014

Abbott sabotages RET, Palmer greenwashes ERF

It’s been a depressing three weeks for Australian climate policy. Abbott kills large-scale renewables On 22 October, the Abbott government announced it would seek to persuade the Senate to slash the 2020 large-scale renewable energy target (LRET) from 41,000 to 26,000 GWh. Renewables will be allowed to meet no more than 50% of new energy …

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Sep 09 2014

A year in Abbott’s war on the environment

Yesterday the Australian Government released a pamphlet celebrating its first anniversary. Buried within its spin-filled list of “achievements” is “protecting our local environment” (apparently via planting a few trees). In reality, Tony Abbott’s Liberal/National Coalition government has waged a nonstop war on climate change and environment policies. For the record, I’ve compiled a comprehensive list …

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Aug 22 2014

Is Energy Australia lying to its customers?

My household recently switched energy companies. The main reason was that the one we left, Energy Australia, has been lobbying to sabotage the federal Renewable Energy Target (RET). When an employee asked us why we were leaving we told them so, to which they innocently responded that Energy Australia is a leader in renewable energy …

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May 21 2014

Bust the budget 2: Fossil fuel profits over fixing climate reality

This is the second part of a series arguing against the Abbott government’s first budget. Part 1 summarizes the overall unfairness and debunks the justification offered for this agenda. This part examines how the budget affects climate, environment, fossil fuel subsidies, business, and science. Unless otherwise hyperlinked, budget facts are sourced from either Joe Hockey’s …

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Mar 14 2014

Tasmania needs a Greens opposition

Tomorrow, Tasmanians and South Australians will go to the polls for their respective state elections. In both cases the Liberals are expected to gain government, but the Tasmanian election may present an unexpected opportunity for the Greens. The Tasmanian situation is reminiscent of last year’s federal election, pitting an unpopular governing coalition of Labor (led …

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Feb 19 2014

Abbott stacks RET review panel

As Australia suffers through a drought which Prime Minister Tony Abbott insists is entirely natural, the Liberal/National Coalition government has announced a review of the federal Renewable Energy Target (RET), which “a senior Liberal” told the ABC is “cover” for “let’s kill the RET”. Australia’s current target is 45 terawatt-hours (TWh) of new renewable energy …

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Feb 08 2014

Book Review: Scorcher by Clive Hamilton

Note: This book review is more measured in tone than my typical blog post, because it was originally written as a university essay. Clive Hamilton, Scorcher: The dirty politics of climate change, 2007, Black Inc. Agenda, Melbourne, 266 pp, ISBN 9 780977 594900. The 2007 classic Scorcher: The dirty politics of climate change, by Australian …

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Feb 06 2014

Government has a double standard on entitlements

This is a longer version of an article published at Independent Australia. Last week, Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey refused to provide $25 million of government assistance to struggling local tinned fruit cannery SPC Ardmona. Hockey says “the age of entitlement is over, and the age of personal responsibility has begun”. This opposition to “entitlement” is …

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Feb 02 2014

Great Barren Reef: the cost of coal exports

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On Friday the Abbott government approved the dumping of three million cubic metres of dredged seabed in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. That’s enough waste to fill 150,000 dump trucks. This outrage is occurring because of a planned coal export boom. Environment Minister Greg Hunt quietly approved the dredging in December while you were …

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Jan 29 2014

21 flaws in Tony Abbott’s climate policy

Australia’s new Abbott Government intends to replace the former government’s climate policies with a “Direct Action Plan”, consisting mainly of an “Emissions Reduction Fund”. This post will examine the flaws of the proposals outlined in the recently released Green Paper. They should have just called it the “Paper”, because it contains very little that is …

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