Category Archive: Renewable Energy Target

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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Apr 04 2014

Why the WA re-election matters

Western Australia will go back to the polls tomorrow for a rerun of last year’s Senate election (due to the count having been bungled in that state). The re-election will be critical in deciding the makeup of the new Senate from July this year, and is a key opportunity for the Greens. To pass legislation …

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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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Jan 09 2014

The Xmas attack on the climate

“Happy is the country which is more interested in sport than in politics.” – Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott You might think the big news story of the Xmas break was that Australia won the Ashes. But in the same month you were relaxing and watching the cricket, the new Liberal/National Government quietly continued attacking …

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Aug 11 2013

Scrutinizing the business lobby’s election agenda

Australia’s federal election is fast approaching (recently rescheduled for 7 September). Recently the Business Council of Australia (BCA) released an “Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity”. Given the disproportionate influence of the business lobby on the non-green political parties, the BCA Action Plan deserves as much scrutiny as the policy documents released by political parties. The …

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Mar 22 2013

Forget policy certainty, just raise the RET

What a week it’s been in Australian politics! Failed media regulations, a failed leadership spill, mass ministerial resignations, and more… But in today’s post I’ll focus on a piece of news that didn’t make the front page: yesterday Australia’s Climate Change Minister Greg Combet finally announced the Labor government’s response to the recommendations of last …

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Jan 11 2013

Liberals Part 1: Climate denial and deregulation

Almost all of my posts to date have focused on criticizing Australia’s incumbent Labor government. I have written very little about the alternate Liberal/National Coalition government. But as we enter an election year, it is time to examine the Liberals’ policies. Can the Liberals be trusted? To begin with, it is worth noting that the …

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