Tag: Australia

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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Stop saying yes: Conclusion

This is the conclusion of a series of posts about the Australian climate movement. In this series, we’ve seen how Australian climate 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. We saw how the movement squandered the opportunity …

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Stop saying yes: Where we’re at today

This is the seventh in a series of posts about the Australian climate movement. Throughout 2011, the Say Yes campaign uncritically sucked up to Labor, and now we will pay the price. Labor may have been a temporary ally in the battle for a carbon price, but in the larger war they are not our …

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Stop saying yes: The Greens

This is the sixth in a series of posts about the Australian climate movement. I am not at all happy with the Australian climate movement, but I have fewer complaints about the Australian Greens party. The Greens deserve credit for being the only Australian parliamentary political force which has made a positive contribution to climate …

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Stop saying yes: “Political reality”

This is the fifth in a series of posts about the Australian climate movement. Global warming is not just another issue; it is an urgent threat to human civilization. To avoid passing tipping points for dangerous climate change, humanity must rapidly phase out fossil fuels to cut emissions to zero or near-zero as soon as …

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Stop saying yes: Bright-siding

This is the fourth in a series of posts about the Australian climate movement. David Spratt at the blog Climate Code Red has recently spoken out against what he calls “bright-siding”: a misguided tendency for climate activists (and governments) to campaign on the arguable side-benefits of climate policies (eg. green jobs), rather than explain the …

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Stop saying yes: What went wrong?

This is the third in a series of posts about the Australian climate movement. In 2011, Australian climate activists united under the lowest-common-denominator “Say Yes” campaign. The focus was, above all, on supporting a carbon price, apparently any carbon price that might be negotiated by the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee (MPCCC). (See the previous posts …

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Stop saying yes: A not-so-clean energy future

This is the second in a series of posts about the Australian climate movement. The Clean Energy Future policy negotiated by the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee falls far short of what is required, and is riddled with flaws. The $23 carbon tax in isolation will not drive the transition to a zero-carbon economy. The true …

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It’s time to stop saying yes

This is the first in a series of posts about the Australian climate movement. The Australian climate change action movement (which I will call the “climate movement”) has, in recent years, made an error of strategy. In the hope of winning a victory, however small, activists have become extremely pragmatic and “politically realistic”. This culminated …

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