Bust the budget

I’ve marched with tens of thousands of Australians against the Abbott government’s first budget. Why are we so angry? Because this budget continues Abbott’s agenda of protecting the rich, the privileged, and the powerful, at the expense of the poor, disadvantaged, and powerless. I set out a comprehensive argument against the budget in this series …

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Australians are increasingly dissatisfied with the political establishment. I argue the problem with politics is not democratic government, but undemocratic corporate control of government. I believe only the Greens can fix Australian politics, because only they seek to break the stranglehold of the fossil fuel industry causing the climate crisis. The anti-politics mood can no …

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Targets Review

The Australian Government’s independent Climate Change Authority (CCA) is conducting a review of Australia’s emissions targets during 2013-2014. In this blog post in February 2013, I wrote that the Review failed to recommend strong action. In this blog post in October 2013, I wrote that the Review’s Draft Report fails to recommend strong action. In …

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Liberals election policies 2013

Almost all of my posts before 2013 focused on criticizing Australia’s (then-)incumbent Labor government. But as we entered the election year 2013, I decided it was time to write this series examining the policies of the alternate Liberal/National Coalition government (now in power): Climate denial and deregulation (covering the party’s climate change denial and intention …

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Doha climate talks 2012

In December 2012 I wrote the following commentary on the COP18 climate talks in Doha, Qatar: History Battlelines My priorities Island states stand up for ambition Dreadful deal on the table Gateway to hell? (comprehensive analysis of final outcomes)

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It’s time to stop saying yes

Australian climate change activists have increasingly failed to advocate, let alone achieve, action proportionate to the scale and urgency of the global climate crisis which threatens human civilization. This culminated in 2011 in the various environmental groups uniting under the lowest-common-denominator message “Say yes to a price on pollution”. We need to be much more …

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Durban climate talks 2011

I wrote the following analysis after the COP17 climate talks in Durban, South Africa: Too late to wait on the Durban Platform, Part 1 The drama The outcome Conclusion

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Why the Global Warming Contrarians Are Wrong

Mark Twain once said, or at least is supposed to have said: “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” The climate change contrarian blogosphere that has recently emerged is rather like that. Every month, there is some new argument being passed around that “disproves” global warming …

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2010 Global Temperature Watch

There’s a good chance that 2010 will be the warmest year in the global surface temperature record. So I figured it’s worth keeping an eye on global temperatures this year. I’ll be posting regular updates on this page. Global temperatures are usually given as anomalies relative to an average because they are easier and more …

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