Tag: Australia

Unclear implications from EU carbon link

The rumor I blogged about last week is no longer a rumor. Australian Climate Change Minister Greg Combet today announced the Government has done a deal, approved by Cabinet, with the European Commission, independent Rob Oakeshott, and the Greens. They agreed a number of changes to Australia’s emissions trading scheme (ETS, which will succeed the …

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Is Tony Abbott a liar, or just plain stupid?

It’s taken them two-and-a-half years, but it looks like the Australian media is finally beginning to cotton on to the blatant dishonesty of Tony Abbott, leader of the Liberal Party and Opposition. His latest mistruths are debunked here. What better time than to recall some highlights from his ever-growing litany of false, misleading, and contradictory …

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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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Gillard’s policy slammed by… younger Gillard

Charles Berger from the Australian Conservation Foundation has unearthed a very interesting episode in our Prime Minister’s past. In 1999, then-backbencher Julia Gillard criticized the Howard government for trying to delegate to the state government its decision-making power on a proposed toxic waste dump in her electorate: I rise to speak to this legislation because …

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Renewable Energy Targeted?

Australia’s new independent Climate Change Authority recently embarked on a review of the federal government’s Renewable Energy Target (RET). At least one company, Origin Energy, is using the review as an excuse to demand the RET be weakened. Australia’s current target is 45 terawatt-hours (TWh) of new renewable energy by 2020, split into the 41 …

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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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Politics isn’t bad; it’s the reporting

As people in other parts of the world fight for the right to vote, too many Australian voters dismiss politics as boring, unimportant, even irrelevant. 15% of Australians believe “for someone like me, it doesn’t matter what kind of government we have”. They couldn’t be more wrong. It’s not politics that is the problem; it’s …

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Yes, the Greens do compromise

Representatives of the Australian Labor Party have repeatedly accused the Australian Greens of being unwilling to compromise. Though this is obviously a self-serving argument designed to shore up Labor’s own support, it is so blatantly false that I felt compelled to set the record straight. In negotiations with the Gillard Labor Government over climate policy, …

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