Category: Climate Politics

Too late to wait on the Durban Platform, Part 1

Over the summer, I have reflected on the significance of the climate talks last month in Durban, South Africa. Officially known as COP17, it was the longest UNFCCC conference. See my previous post for more background on the talks (though my views have become slightly more nuanced since I wrote it, particularly on the issue …

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What Should Happen in Durban

“We have shown that phase out of fossil fuel emissions is urgent. CO2 from fossil fuel use stays in the surface climate system for millennia.” – NASA climate scientist James Hansen and 16 co-authors “We would be quite open to a discussion about a process that would lead to a negotiation for the thing, whatever …

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Clean Energy Bill only the beginning

Today the Australian Parliament passed the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee’s Clean Energy Bill. Despite my reservations about the bill, I am pleased to see it finally made law. It is also satisfying to see the Liberal-National Coalition defeated (at least for now) in their crusade against climate action. However, the work of the climate movement …

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Top 10 Flaws in Government’s “Clean Energy Future”

Yesterday the Australian House of Representatives passed the Clean Energy Future legislation, but it doesn’t feel like much of a victory. A carbon price is a first step in Australia’s necessary transition away from its current fossil fuel economy toward the renewable energy one of the future. The Clean Energy Future includes significant improvements on …

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The Folly of Investing in Natural Gas

10 July 2011, declared Greens Senator Christine Milne, was the day “Australia turn[ed] its back on the fossil fuel age”. But the reports of the industry’s death were greatly exaggerated. On Monday night ABC’s Lateline Business reported that Santos and BHP Billiton are buying up natural gas assets in expectation of an enormous coming boom. …

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Initial Reactions to the Carbon Tax: A First Step, but Improvement Needed

The carbon price package announced today is Australia’s first step in transitioning away from its current fossil fuel economy toward the renewable energy one we need to get to as soon as possible. There are significant improvements on Labor’s original Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS). But of course it’s far from perfect and it’s far …

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Roundup of Carbon Tax Leaks

On Monday it was announced that the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee’s negotiations were sufficiently advanced for the full policy to be announced at noon tomorrow, followed by a Prime Ministerial broadcast at 6:30 PM. The MPCCC has reached agreement, and independent Andrew Wilkie (who is not on the committee) has indicated he will support the …

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Overview of My Opinions on the Carbon Tax

The topic of the Australian carbon tax is so big it’s hard to know where to begin covering it. Every aspect is inter-related to every other aspect. So here is a quick overview of my opinions and a list of possible topics I may cover in the near future. The atmospheric level of CO2 must …

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What We Know About the Carbon Tax

This is just a quick post recapping the background of the carbon tax debate I will be commenting on. 2011 is probably our best hope of getting meaningful action from the Australian Government on climate change. Four months ago it announced its new carbon price policy framework. It’s a framework because the policy is in …

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A Change of Direction

With two days to the middle of the year, I’ve decided it’s time to reassess what I want to do with this blog. I started out, about eighteen months ago, writing posts debunking the arguments of global warming contrarians (you can find all those old posts here). However, in the past year I have transferred …

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