Tag: Coal

Oct 24 2012

The fossil-fuelled war on renewables

In recent months, ~2 GW of Australian coal-fired electricity generation has been closed temporarily or permanently (~2.5 GW in winter), comparable to the 2 GW that would have been closed by the abandoned policy of contracts-for closure. Some might conclude Australia is finally beginning its transition to a low- or zero-carbon economy, and we can …

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Oct 14 2012

A terrible week for the climate

This week’s events illustrate (not that further illustration was needed) that both of Australia’s major political parties are in the pocket of the fossil fuel industry, though Labor hides it behind a veneer of greenwash while the Liberals are overt about it. On Monday in New South Wales, the Planning Assessment Commission approved the Ashton …

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Sep 26 2012

Galilee coal mines to export climate change

As the Arctic sea ice melts, Greenpeace has released a new report on the Australian coal export boom, focusing on the Galilee Basin in Queensland, Australia. The report summarizes plans by coal companies to build nine “mega-mines” in the Galilee Basin for export. If these projects go ahead, the CO2 emissions from the burning of …

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Sep 11 2012

Laggard to Leader

A landmark report was launched a few weeks ago by Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE), Laggard to Leader: How Australia Can Lead the World to Zero Carbon Prosperity. Laggard to Leader is at its heart a response to the oft-heard arguments that Australia is too small for our actions to make a significant difference to global …

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Sep 05 2012

No closure for coal power

Australia’s climate policy just got even worse. Last year when the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee agreed a carbon price, they also agreed a number of complementary measures, many arguably better than the carbon price itself. One of them was a floor price; it was scrapped last week. Another was that the Government would pay electricity …

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Sep 04 2012

Australian climate policy: 10 revealing graphics

I’ve written a great deal about the holes in Australian (and global) climate policy. As such discussions can get very complex and confusing, I decided it was time to try a more visual format for a change. The following graphics dramatically illustrate just how ineffective the Gillard government’s climate change policy is. 1) We’re heading …

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Jul 28 2012

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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Mar 30 2012

A dreadful week for the climate

This week’s events illustrate Australia’s rush to expand the fossil fuel industry is matched only by its rush to cut climate change and renewable energy policies. In Saturday’s Queensland state election, a major issue was coal seam gas. Both of the two major parties, Labor and the Liberal National Party (LNP), seem happy to let …

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Mar 21 2012

The real coal export scandal

The recent leak of a Greenpeace anti-coal strategy document has diverted attention from the real scandal: the mining industry is gearing up for an exponential increase in Australia’s already massive fossil fuel exports. The centre of activity is the Galilee Basin in Queensland, where companies are planning “mega-mines” and infrastructure to extract nearly a billion …

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Mar 14 2012

China could cap coal consumption

China is expected to announce in the first half of this year a national cap on coal consumption. If the reports are accurate, the cap will begin in 2015 at 4.1 gigatonnes (Gt), with budgets for each individual province. This would be the world’s first direct cap on a fossil fuel. Policies China is already …

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