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What would rumored carbon tax changes mean?

It is rumored in the newspapers that the Australian Government is considering certain changes to its carbon price. I have been mulling over this for ten days because it’s difficult to assess the overall implications of an unconfirmed proposal lacking full details, and I have mixed feelings as some aspects of the rumored proposals are …

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Government admits renewables becoming cheap

The Australian Energy Technology Assessment (AETA), a little-publicized report about energy costs released on Tuesday by the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE), dropped a bombshell. This government body admits the government’s prior estimates on renewable energy costs have been spectacularly wrong. In contrast to the Draft Energy White Paper, which assumed renewable energy …

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New coal export terminal must not proceed

Despite UNESCO last month calling for a moratorium on new port developments in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, the reckless expansion of coal export infrastructure continues. GVK’s and Hancock’s proposed Abbot Point coal terminal 3 (T3) is sailing through the approval process. T3 would increase coal exports by 60 million tonnes per year, …

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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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Is Greenland close to a climate tipping point?

Recent findings suggest climate change in Greenland may be approaching a tipping point, beyond which amplifying feedbacks could lead (probably over centuries) to complete melting of the ice sheet, raising sea level by about 7 meters. In June, a team of glaciologists led by Jason Box predicted that we would see melting across 100% of …

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Climate Change Authority board members conflicted

At least two members of the recently announced board of the Climate Change Authority have conflicts of interest. The new independent Climate Change Authority will regularly review Australia’s climate policies. Its first job will be to review the Renewable Energy Target later this year. The Authority’s most important task will be, in February 2014, to …

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The Not-So-Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Today, the Australian Senate is considering legislation to set up a Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC). CEFC is the last (but certainly not least) of the Not-So-Clean Energy Future policies agreed by the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee a year ago. It is supposed to complement Australia’s low carbon price by funding emerging renewable energy technologies. …

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No setback for coal port expansion

The Queensland Government’s rejection of the Multi-Cargo Facility (MCF), a proposed coal terminal development at Abbot Point, has been reported as a setback to the coal export industry. It is not. Indeed, it clears the way for an even larger terminal proposed by Clive Palmer’s company Waratah. Abbot Point currently exports 50 million tonnes per …

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Don’t mention the warming

The Gillard Labor Government’s stupidity has reached a new low. They have released a new set of climate change ads… which fail to mention climate change. Instead they tell us about the Government’s “Household Assistance Package”: Assistance for what, you could be forgiven for asking? You wouldn’t know it, but in fact the ad is …

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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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